Party time as triplets hit 21
Buy this photo » Matthew, Samantha, mum Karen and Andrew Coulthard
TRIPLETS brought home to Swindon by the Adver after their birth in London in 1992 have celebrated their 21st birthday.
Karen Coulthard, 51, hit the headlines when she gave birth to her children, who weighed between 2lbs and 3lbs.
As there was a shortage of incubators at Swindon’s Princess Margaret Hospital, she was transferred to London.
But a dispute between the ambulance services in Swindon and London meant that, while she was taken home a few days after the birth, the triplets remained in hospital in London.
Eventually, after a campaign in the Adver, an ambulance crew from Malmesbury offered to collect the tiny babies and bring them back to Swindon so they could be near their family.
As they celebrate the milestone, Samantha has now moved out to live with her boyfriend, while her brothers Andrew and Matthew face up to a tough jobs market and a little longer at home with their parents in Broad Street.
The trio celebrated their landmark birthday on Sunday with a variety of family meals, home cooked and at a restaurant, as well as a fun session of 10-pin bowling.
While Samantha aims to recover from an illness which prevents her from standing up for long periods of time, Andrew and Matthew continue to work as stewards at Swindon Town on matchdays at the County Ground.
But the work is part-time and the pair are finding it tough to find a full-time occupation.
Karen, who became pregnant after three rounds of fertility treatment, said: “They all want to be really happy.
“They are looking for full-time jobs, trying hard, but the climate has meant they are finding it difficult.
“They have their involvement at the football and if there is anything else they can volunteer with, they do.
“Andrew has been looking into charity work with the Salvation Army.
“They would like a chance to progress or something which gives them experience until they find a niche they want to target.
“Mum’s made them too comfortable, I think. They have their own rooms, Mum cooks and washes for them.
“Whatever they would like to do, we are more than happy for them to stay until a position where they can spread their wings materialises.”
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