Triple the Joy: Rare triplets born at South Shore University Hospital


South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore welcomed the birth of rare triplets on Jan. 22, the first set known to be born at the hospital since 1958.

Little Mia, Sofia, and Brianna were born to Gladiys Oliva and Jose Calix, with weights of 4 lbs, 0 oz; 3 lbs, 13oz; and 3 lbs, 11 oz respectively.

The proud new parents from Lake Ronkonkoma showed off their three new bundles of joy at a press conference at SSUH on Thursday.

Oliva expressed her gratitude to the hospital staff, saying, “I am so grateful to the entire staff at the hospital for bringing my babies into the world. While three babies at once can seem like a lot, it is not work when you love them so much.”

The girls were conceived naturally, a rare occurrence of one in 10,000, and they were born by C-section. A team of 10 assisted in the operating room after Oliva went into natural labor. Mia and Brianna are identical while Sofia is a singleton.

Dr. Jolene Muscat, vice chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at SSUH, praised the dedication of the team who delivered the triplets. “It truly took a dedicated team of individuals to deliver these babies,” she said. “I’d like to thank Gladiys for trusting us with her care and the care of her new family.”

The newborns spent some time in SSUH’s new neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) before being released last month. The NICU is a state-of-the-art 6,300-square-foot space dedicated to treating critically ill and premature babies, part of a $71 million capital improvement plan to revolutionize maternity and women’s services programs at SSUH.

The hospital’s 11 new postpartum suites feature private bathrooms and closets, LCD flat-screen televisions, and recliners and sofas that convert to pull-out beds. The four new triage beds are staffed 24/7 by an obstetrician and registered nurses. SSUH delivers about 2,400 babies each year.

Top: Gladiys Oliva and Jose Calix with their three new bundles of joy at a press conference Thursday, March 9, at South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore. (Credit: Northwell Health)