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Name  Dunn triplets

Dunn triplets Dunn triplets

Born   April 30, 2000 (age 21)

Names  Zoe Dunn, Sophie Dunn, Emma Dunn

Famous For  World's only deafblind triplets


Similar  Haben Girma, Robert Smithdas, Sally Hobart Alexander
Dunn triplets with their family

The Dunn triplets, Zoe, Sophie and Emma (born April 30, 2000), are the world's only known deafblind triplets. They are all deaf and blind because of their extremely premature birth and first few months of life.

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Birth and infancy

Dunn triplets with their mom

The identical triplets are the world's only known deafblind triplets. They were born on April 30, 2000, at 24 weeks. Their mother had gone into labor at 23 weeks, and had managed to hold off delivery until signs of distress in the triplets led to an emergency Caesarean. The three sisters spent months in hospitals, but all three survived to go home. As a result of their premature birth, all three developed advanced-stage retinopathy of prematurity. They began to lose their hearing after their first birthday and by their second birthday were completely deaf. They had developed ototoxicity from the antibiotics they were given in hospital to prevent infection.

Treatment and education

The triplets live in the Houston area with their mother, Liz, stepfather, George Hooker, and older sister Sarah. All three are completely deaf, but received cochlear implants shortly before their third birthday and have subsequently all been given a second cochlear implant. Sophie is legally blind, but she can still see shapes and read very large print at close range. She also has tunnel vision and wears thick glasses. Zoe can see only light and dark, just enough to find windows and lights, while Emma has no light perception. All three have normal IQs. Sophie can speak; the others communicate mainly through tactile sign language. With the aid of donations to a fund they set up for deafblind children, plus a grant from the Dr. Phil Foundation, Liz and George Hooker pay for specially trained intervenors to provide home-based education, initially for Zoe alone.

Films and TV

The triplets have been featured on Dr. Phil twice and have been the focus of two documentaries: Through Your Eyes (2006) and Deaf and Blind Triplets (2008).

References

Dunn triplets Wikipedia


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