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Odds were 500,000 to 1 but Scottish woman has third set of twins

By Marcus Hondro     Jun 4, 2013 in Odd News
A 41-year-old Scottish woman has pulled off a feat of motherhood so rare it is estimated to be at 500,000 to one odds. Karen Rodger had her third consecutive set of twins. She already had two sets of boys, 14 and12, and this time had girls.
Rodger, from Langbank in Renfrewshire, and her hubbie, Colin Rodger, 44, thought at their age they'd better get on it if they wanted another child, which they decided they very much did want. Given the odds, they were shocked when they heard the news from a scan just six weeks into the pregnancy.
"I just could not believe it," Karen told Scottish media this week. "It never crossed my mind that it would be twins again, I just thought that just doesn't happen to people like me but I'm absolutely delighted."
She recalls texting her husband with the news. "He thought I was joking and immediately wrote back to say 'this is not funny'. I had to explain that it really was true," she said.
The odds of having twins without fertility drugs - none were used in any of Karen's three pregnancies - are high enough, about a three percent chance. As Yahoo News reports they get higher exponentially each time and to have a third consecutive set of twins the odds are at 500,000 to one. Has it happened before on the planet? Likely, yes, but good luck trying to find examples.
Despite all the tests the Rodger family did have something to be surprised about on the day of wee Rowan and Isla's birth (the girls' names) - they'd been expecting a third set of boys. They are, however, very pleased to this time around have daughters to raise.
"Boyfriends will be completely unacceptable," Colin joked. "I think the girls are going to have five dads with the boys looking out for them too and it will be a frightening gauntlet for any boyfriend to run."
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