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Born at 23 weeks at
Northside Hospital
Gwinnett, siblings
Megan and Natalie
now hope to start their
career in the same place

AN EARLY
START, A
PROMISING

FUTURE
BY ZACK HOOPAUGH

A

pril 8, 1997: a day that will
forever be remembered as
bittersweet for the Benton
family. It was the day that
triplets Megan, Natalie and Lindsey took
their first breaths-exactly four months
sooner than their Aug. 8 due date. It was
also the day that Lindsey took her last,
after only 10 hours outside the womb.
"We always wonder what it would
have been like to grow up as triplets,"
Megan says. While Megan and Natalie
are fraternal twins, Lindsey was an

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identical twin to one of them-they just
aren't sure who.
"We like to imagine who she would
have looked like, what her personality
would have been like," Natalie adds.
"Would she have the same personality
as one of us, or would she be totally
different? We'll just never know."

Ahead of Schedule

Born at Northside Hospital Gwinnett
at only 23 weeks of gestation, the
triplets were a mere 11 inches long and

weighed just over a pound at birth. "We
were very, very small. We both weighed
1 pound, 2 ounces," says Megan,
pointing at her sister. "Lindsey was
actually 1 pound, 4 ounces," Natalie
adds. "We could fit in the palm of our
mom's hand."
Their mother, Sherry Benton, began
labor four weeks earlier at only 19
weeks of gestation. "The doctors had
to perform a procedure to keep us
from coming," Natalie says. "Then,
at 21 weeks, they had to perform it



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