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Absinthe (Absinthe)
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I know I already have three puzzles running, but I expect this to be solved very quickly:

Strictly speaking, they weren't triplets.
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Were they identical?
Were they born at the same time?
H/A/M?
For all three?
Do they share a parent?
Step parents relevant?
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Were they identical? They might have been. It's not relevant.
Were they born at the same time? More or less, yes.
H/A/M? Human, not adult, gender irrelevant.
For all three? Yes.
Do they share a parent? All three have the same biological mother and father.
Step parents relevant? No.
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Would you and I consider then triplets?
Are they actually triplets?
Anything to do with the technical definition of triplets?
More than 3 children?
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Would you and I consider then triplets? Yes.
Are they actually triplets? Yes.
Anything to do with the technical definition of triplets? Yes.
More than 3 children? No.
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Were they conceived naturally?
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Were they conceived naturally? Yes.
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Does 'triplet' in the puzzle refer to 3 births?
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Does 'triplet' in the puzzle refer to 3 births? Define "3 births".
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Does it refer to the mother giving birth to three children on the same day?
Does the 'they' refer to 3 children?
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Does it refer to the mother giving birth to three children on the same day? Yes.
Does the 'they' refer to 3 children? Yes.
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Time change relevant?
Time zone?
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Time change relevant? No.
Time zone? No.
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The mother gave birth to three children on a certain day, but does the 'triplet' in the puzzle mean three children born on the same day of the same month of the same year?
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Is their exact age relevant? The environment in which they grow up? Are all three alive?

Does the mother do anything relevant to the puzzle? Does the father? Is there anyone relevant to the puzzle besides three triplet, a mother and a father? Are they aware of being triplets? If so, are they aware of the technicality that would make them "not triplets?"
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Are they three children from a set of quadruplets? Which wouldn't technically make them triplets, but 3 of a set of quadruplets?
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The mother gave birth to three children on a certain day, but does the 'triplet' in the puzzle mean three children born on the same day of the same month of the same year? No. They were born on the same literal day.

Is their exact age relevant? No. The environment in which they grow up? Yope. Are all three alive? In the particular example I'm using, yes. But usually the answer to this would be no.

Does the mother do anything relevant to the puzzle? Yope. She doesn't do anything intentionally, but she is relevant. Does the father? No. Is there anyone relevant to the puzzle besides three triplet, a mother and a father? No Are they aware of being triplets? Yes. If so, are they aware of the technicality that would make them "not triplets?" Only if their parents tell them; otherwise they would be unaware of it.

Are they three children from a set of quadruplets? Which wouldn't technically make them triplets, but 3 of a set of quadruplets? No.
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Sorry, I made an error: The mother gave birth to three children on a certain day, but does the 'triplet' in the puzzle mean three children born on the same day of the same month of the same year? YES, they were born on the same literal day.
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did they all have the same father?
did the mom send out three eggs and were fertilized by different people?
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Anneja, your questions were already answered; please scroll up and read some previously asked questions.

So the triplet refers to Humans...
And you and I would consider them a triplet...
Are they actually triplets?
The puzzle says 'weren't'; so was it that two were born, and technically they weren't triplets, but the third was born shortly thereafter? Say.. 30 seconds?
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did they all have the same father? Yes.
did the mom send out three eggs and were fertilized by different people? No. One man fathered all three, the natural way.

So the triplet refers to Humans... Yes.
And you and I would consider them a triplet... Yes.
Are they actually triplets? You already asked this yourself. :p By most definitions of "triplet", yes, they are actual triplets. But you could argue that they're not.
The puzzle says 'weren't'; so was it that two were born, and technically they weren't triplets, but the third was born shortly thereafter? Say.. 30 seconds? No. They are "technically not triplets" their entire lives, including when all three are born and living. However, the time of birth of one baby relative to the other two is relevant.
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Anything to do with being born after / before / at midnight?
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Anything to do with being born after / before / at midnight? No.
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Are the children conjoined in some way? Were they seperated after birth?
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Are the children conjoined in some way? No. Were they seperated after birth? No.
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are two of the babies twins?
This related to/based on the woman who had twins and then gave birth to a third baby 3 months later?
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are two of the babies twins? Yope: you're OTRT.
This related to/based on the woman who had twins and then gave birth to a third baby 3 months later? No; she gave birth to all three on the same day, and all 3 were at the same stage in development.
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Were they all conceived at the same time?
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Were they all conceived at the same time? Yes, but...
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Was there an attempt to abort one or more of the babies?
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Was there an attempt to abort one or more of the babies? Yope. No abortions were attempted, but it would have been seriously considered.
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Would all three children survive into adulthood?
Is the health status / economic status of the mother relevant?
Father?
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Would all three children survive into adulthood? If the children manage to survive birth (which all did), then they ought to survive to adulthood. But their chances, particularly for one of them, weren't so good during pregnancy.
Is the health status / economic status of the mother relevant? Economic, no. Health, very much so, but beware FA.
Father? No.
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Okay, so one of the babies was in danger of death during birth?
Was his umbilical cord around his neck?
Was he ever dead and revived shortly after?
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Okay, so one of the babies was in danger of death during birth? Yes.
Was his umbilical cord around his neck? No.
Was he ever dead and revived shortly after? No.
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Death:
Murder?
If so, intentional?
Death by natural causes?
Asphyxiation?
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Death:
Murder? No.
If so, intentional?
Death by natural causes? You'll have to go into more detail here, but yes, the baby's would-be death would have been natural, as opposed to poisoning or abortion.
Asphyxiation? No.
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Would the baby have died from a physical injury?
An organ failure / bursting?
Lack of air?
Is the mother a smoker / alcoholic?
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Would the baby have died from a physical injury? No.
An organ failure / bursting? The baby wasn't in danger of this...
Lack of air? Foetuses don't recieve air; they recieve pure oxygen via the placenta. But yes, the status of the placenta is relevant.
Is the mother a smoker / alcoholic? Neither.
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Is the baby being born too early?
Is oxygen relevant at all?
Premature separation of the placenta from the uterus [abruptio placenta]?
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Is the baby being born too early? No.
Is oxygen relevant at all? No.
Premature separation of the placenta from the uterus [abruptio placenta]? No.
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Did the babies each have their own placenta?
Was the mother in danger of organ failure?
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Did the babies each have their own placenta? Yes.
Was the mother in danger of organ failure? No, but definitely OTRT.
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Were two of the babies conjoined? (Not sure if that's been asked before.)
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Were two of the babies conjoined? (Not sure if that's been asked before.) They weren't.
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Is there some complication with the placenta?
Are all three babies in the same placenta?
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Earlier you said Yope to were two of the babies twins, dose this have anything to do with those two being identical twins who shared an egg and the third baby had its own egg? (I hope that makes sense)
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Is there some complication with the placenta? Yes.
Are all three babies in the same placenta? As far as I'm aware, this can't happen, so no.

Earlier you said Yope to were two of the babies twins, dose this have anything to do with those two being identical twins who shared an egg and the third baby had its own egg? (I hope that makes sense) This may well be the case, but not relevant.
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Is this complication with the placenta common?
Is this based on a true story?
Were they born by C-Section?
Did the mother almost die during labor?
Would it have been due to any of the babies?
Loss of blood?
Other?
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Is this complication with the placenta common? (Beware FA.) Yope. This complication is relatively common, but the details of this particular case are very rare.
Is this based on a true story? Yes, though it's surprising that this could happen in real life.
Were they born by C-Section? Yes.
Did the mother almost die during labor? She had a high risk of doing so, yes.
Would it have been due to any of the babies? Yes.
Loss of blood? Yes!
Other? No.
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Did a baby puncture the placenta?
I asked this before, but just to be clear: were any of the babies born early?
"Born" twice?
Were the babies not born at all?
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Did a baby puncture the placenta? Er. Puncture? I think you might be confusing placenta with amniotic sac. But no, the baby did nothing to the placenta, or sac.
I asked this before, but just to be clear: were any of the babies born early? No.
"Born" twice? No.
Were the babies not born at all? Hmm. This could depend on your definition of "born". But to avoid confustion, I'm going to answer yes: all three babies were removed from the mother's body.
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Were any of the babies born by c-section?
Were any of the babies born the regular way?
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Was the placenta already in critical condition before she was pregnant with the three babies?
Is there anything abnormal about the size of any of the children?
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Were any of the babies born by c-section? All three by cesarean.
Were any of the babies born the regular way? No.

Was the placenta already in critical condition before she was pregnant with the three babies? No. That would be impossible, since the placenta is part of the baby. But, you are OTRT.
Is there anything abnormal about the size of any of the children? No.
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Was she at any risk of miscarriage throughout her pregnancy?
Was she in danger of death at any point before going into labor?
You said that the baby did nothing to the placenta-- was she struck by an object? A person? Did she fall?
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Was she at any risk of miscarriage throughout her pregnancy? Yes.
Was she in danger of death at any point before going into labor? Yes, throughout pregnancy.
You said that the baby did nothing to the placenta-- was she struck by an object? A person? Did she fall? None of these.
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If she had gotten an abortion, would her risk of death have been reduced?
Eliminated?
Was there anything physically stopping her from getting an abortion?
Financially?
Psychologically / emotionally?
Did the placenta form properly?
Any problems with the uterus at all?
Was the placenta at risk of bursting / tearing?
Would this problem exist for a woman pregnant with just one child?
Is this problem / risk common in mothers of triplets?
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If she had gotten an abortion, would her risk of death have been reduced? Yes... but only if she survived the procedure, which was unlikely.
Eliminated? As above.
Was there anything physically stopping her from getting an abortion? This.
Financially? No.
Psychologically / emotionally? Also this.
Did the placenta form properly? Define "form".
Any problems with the uterus at all? No.
Was the placenta at risk of bursting / tearing? No.
Would this problem exist for a woman pregnant with just one child? Yes.
Is this problem / risk common in mothers of triplets? No.
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Is the woman physically disabled? [i.e. confined to a wheelchair].
Were there more than three embryos at the start of her pregnancy?
Is the condition of her cervix relevant?
Would only one baby have died, or all three?
By "forming", I mean: did the placenta develop for all three babies without a problem? Were there problems developing for one of the babies?
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Is the woman physically disabled? [i.e. confined to a wheelchair]. No.
Were there more than three embryos at the start of her pregnancy? No.
Is the condition of her cervix relevant? No.
Would only one baby have died, or all three? Only one. (Strictly speaking, however, all three were at risk, but that answer might be misleading.)
By "forming", I mean: did the placenta develop for all three babies without a problem? Were there problems developing for one of the babies? All three placentas were healthy, functioning organs.
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Is the woman a surrogate mother? For all the babies?
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Is the woman a surrogate mother? No, they are biologically hers and were conceived naturally. For all the babies? So no.
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Did she already have kids before becoming pregnant with the triplets? If so, were any miscarried / stillborn? Relevant?
Was she on any drugs that helped her with fertility? Did she stop taking these, putting her at risk of miscarriage or death?
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Sorry, a few more questions:
Were blood vessels in the placenta being shared?
Was one baby at risk because of too much blood flow to him?
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Did she already have kids before becoming pregnant with the triplets? Assume no. If so, were any miscarried / stillborn? Relevant? No.
Was she on any drugs that helped her with fertility? Assume no. Did she stop taking these, putting her at risk of miscarriage or death? No.

Were blood vessels in the placenta being shared? No.
Was one baby at risk because of too much blood flow to him? I don't think this can happen; the baby's blood never mixes with the mother's (instead, the baby's blood flows through the placenta and leeches oxygen and nutrients from the wall of the uterus before returning to the baby), so there's no risk of receiving excess blood. So no.
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I heard a story where a woman was pregnant was pregnant with triplets, and their blood vessels were shared, so one of the babies siphoned blood from the other two, and his heart expanded. I thought this might have been that story.

Was she allowed to leave her house?
Was she a criminal?
Did she have amnesia?
Was she afraid to leave her house?
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I heard a story where a woman was pregnant was pregnant with triplets, and their blood vessels were shared, so one of the babies siphoned blood from the other two, and his heart expanded. I thought this might have been that story. Ah, I didn't realise you intended the second question to follow from the first. Regardless, this isn't that story.

Was she allowed to leave her house? Yes.
Was she a criminal? No.
Did she have amnesia? No.
Was she afraid to leave her house? No.
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Did the woman have two wombs?
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Did the woman have two wombs? No.
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This puzzle is getting surprisingly long and unwieldy, so here's a...

****************RECAP****************
A set of live triplets are born via c-section after a troubled pregnancy: both the babies and the mother were in danger of death during pregnancy and birth, due to one baby having a particular condition related to its placenta. The placenta itself is healthy and functional. The mother is otherwise healthy and has a normal uterus.

The condition itself is not especially rare and can occour in women carrying one child; however, the circumstances of this particular case are very rare indeed.

Due to the nature of this condition, one could argue that this baby isn't a triplet. All three babies are the biological children of the woman carrying them and all were conceived, the natural way, on the same night, by one man.
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Can the woman drive?
Does she live near an abortion clinic?
Is she blind?
Deaf?
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LTPF list of conditions relating to the placenta? :P
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Can the woman drive?
Does she live near an abortion clinic?
Is she blind?
Deaf?
All irrelevant.
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LTPF list of conditions relating to the placenta? :P Pfft. If I told you the condition, you'd solve the puzzle instantly. Here's a hint, though: the placenta is very relevant, but you would not describe this condition as being "a problem with the placenta".
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I'm trying to figure out the physical restriction that kept her from getting an abortion.
Was she physically incapable of getting an abortion?
If the "one baby" had died, would the mother's risk of death have been reduced?
If not, would she have died?
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I'm trying to figure out the physical restriction that kept her from getting an abortion.
Was she physically incapable of getting an abortion? An abortion would have been dangerous, so in that sense, yes. Otherwise, no.
If the "one baby" had died, would the mother's risk of death have been reduced? No.
If not, would she have died? She would still have been at risk of death, though it's not guaranteed she would die.
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Was she at risk of death before becoming pregnant?
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Is the placenta harming the baby? (forgive me if we asked this already a long time ago)
Is the placenta overdeveloped to the point it was harming the baby?
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Was she at risk of death before becoming pregnant? No.

Is the placenta harming the baby? (forgive me if we asked this already a long time ago) The placenta is not harming the baby.
Is the placenta overdeveloped to the point it was harming the baby? So no.
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Was one of the fetuses "stillborn" or not born alive? Does this have to do with the definition of the word "born" which means the birth of a living fetus?

If so, are they not technically triplets because three were not technically born?
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Was one of the fetuses "stillborn" or not born alive? No. Does this have to do with the definition of the word "born" This is relevant... which means the birth of a living fetus? But not this.

If so, are they not technically triplets because three were not technically born? Yope.
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Did the placenta and the baby separate?
Did the placenta and the uterus separate?
Was the mother at risk of heart disease?
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Did the placenta and the baby separate? No.
Did the placenta and the uterus separate? No. However, I suggest you explore this.
Was the mother at risk of heart disease? No.
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Was the placenta ever attached to the uterus?
Did the placenta cover the cervix (placenta previa)?
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Was the placenta ever attached to the uterus? Good question! Yope.
Did the placenta cover the cervix (placenta previa)? No.
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Did the placenta attach incorrectly?
Was the placenta only partially attached?
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Did the placenta attach incorrectly? Yes.
Was the placenta only partially attached? No.
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Did it attach backwards?
Upside down?
Too low in the uterus?
Too deeply inside uterine wall?
Would delivering the baby be very difficult due to the placement of the placenta?
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Did it attach backwards? No.
Upside down? No.
Too low in the uterus? FA.
Too deeply inside uterine wall? FA.
Would delivering the baby be very difficult due to the placement of the placenta? Yes.
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Did it not attach inside the uterus?
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Did it not attach inside the uterus? Correct!!
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Was the baby delivered in a different method than the other two because of its location, therefore deeming it not a triplet?
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Was the baby delivered in a different method than the other two because of its location, therefore deeming it not a triplet? Close enough. I can now finally post the...

******************SPOILER******************
A woman became pregnant with three babies, one of whom was ectopic. Since the third wasn't inside the uterus and its removal from the mother required a much more complex surgery than that of the other two, it technically wasn't a triplet.

This particular case was very unusual in that all three babies and the mother survived without complication. Most ectopic pregnancies are fatal: the fertilised egg implants inside the fallopian tube, where it has no room to grow, so eventually it ruptures the tube. This frequently causes hemorrhaging in the mother, killing them both. (For this reason, treatment of ectopic pregnanies is invariably abortion.) In this case, however, both mother and baby survived the rupturing of the fallopian tube, and the embryo simply reattached itself to the outside of the uterus and continued growing.
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Argh, I learned about ectopic pregnancies last semesters, which is fairly.. tongue-in-cheek.
GREAT PUZZLE, and sorry I made it so long. :[
expect this to be solved very quickly
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Haha, in fairness, I think I underestimated the difficulty of this puzzle. I tried it on a friend before posting, and she solved it very quickly... but she has a medical background. XP

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