Four years ago, teacher Angie Tran-Bloom delivered three healthy, identical girls.
After Stevie, Lauren and Elise were delivered, her husband Steven watched in shock as Angie began to hemorrhage, losing a life-threatening amount of blood. She had a rare condition known as placenta accreta, in which the placenta attached too tightly to her uterus.
Angie lost more than 50 units of blood, the equivalent of nearly six adults.
Angie and Steven credit the advanced level of care they received at UCI Health — from the High-Risk Pregnancy Program, to the neonatal intensive care unit and the on-site blood bank — with saving their young family. Today, the triplets are thriving, happy and healthy. On Nov. 17, 2014, they turned four years old.
"It's abundantly clear that if Angie wasn't at UC Irvine, I'd be raising three kids on my own," says Angie's husband, Steven Bloom.
"Things definitely would have turned out differently."