To look at Madison Riggio and her brothers Nicholas and Palmer today, they seem the picture of health. But as infants, all three of the triplets spent time as patients in Cabell Huntington Hospital.
Their mother Sherri Riggio was monitored throughout her pregnancy as a multiple birth, high-risk pregnancy and, at 26 weeks, she was admitted to Cabell Huntington Hospital for complete bed rest.
"I did what I had to do, and the care I got was just what I needed," Sherri said. "I couldn't have asked for anything more."
Sherri's goal was to last until 32 weeks, and she made it! On Sept. 27, 2002, at 32 weeks and one day, the triplets were born. They stayed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for 18 days to get bigger and stronger before being discharged to go home.
"In the NICU I didn't have one worry," Sherri emphasized. "Everyone was great. Dr. Werthammer even took Madison on rounds with him."
Since then, the Riggio triplets have been back as patients from time to time for normal childhood illnesses such as RSV and urinary tract infections. Palmer has a touch of asthma, but over all the triplets are so healthy, they started kindergarten at age 4.
"We've been very fortunate," Sherri said. "We're a normal family. We do what other families do - we go to places like Billy Bob's, Disney World and Myrtle Beach. We have fun."