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Chris and Lori Coble Present
Their Three Angels on Earth

by Jim Schmitt, Editor & Publisher

Here they are! The Coble triplets, shown above in the loving arms of their parents Chris and Lori Coble. They are, from left: Ashley Lynn, Ellie Gene, and Jake Christopher.

After many anxious months and a near-tragic setback, Chris and Lori finally feel comfortable introducing their babies to Ladera Ranch, and the rest of the world for that matter.

As all Ladera residents know, this story began with the Cobles’ devastating loss of the triplets’ three siblings -- Kyle, 5, Emma, 4, and Katie, 2 -- in a horrific acci-dent on the I-5 near the Oso Parkway Exit May 4, 2007.

Then came news of Lori’s miraculous pregnancy with triplets, two girls and a boy, by in vitro fertilization.

This was followed by the April 30 birth of the three healthy babies beginning with Ashley at 9:42 pm, weighing 3 lbs. 7 oz.; Ellie one minute later weighing 4 lbs.; and Jake at 9:44 pm, weighing 3 lbs. 13 oz.

Ladera was abuzz with the news of the births that soon swept around the world. Everyone could finally exhale in the glow of this joyous event for one of our own who has had to endure the unimaginable.

Not so fast, said Lori, who told the Ladera Times their ordeal was not over. At six weeks, Ashley came down with sepsis, a serious condition in which an infect-ion sweeps the entire body.

"We took her to Mission Hospital without any idea of how sick she really was," Lori said. "Later in the evening, the doctors told us her organs were shutting down and that she probably wouldn’t make it through the night.

"I thought to myself, ‘Not again . . .’"

As it turned out, the oldest of the Coble miracle babies did survive the night, but was not out of danger for another two weeks.

By now, the triplets are 13 weeks old (12 weeks in the photo above, and 10 weeks in the cover photo). They range in weight from eight to 10 pounds and are healthy and doing well.

Lori and Chris asked the Ladera Times to publish the photos for the community because, as Lori put it, "Everyone has been so kind, generous, and supportive of us throughout all of this and sharing our three angels on earth is our way of saying ‘Thank you!’"

The Cobles say the loss of their three children 16 months ago makes this birth a bitter sweet experience.

They also ask that no one forget their three angels in heaven, Kyle, Emma, and Katie, and remember them for the happy, loving, fun kids they were during their short stay on this earth.

Lori and Chris, we promise . . . we never will!

(Editor's Note: to read a series of articles about this on-going story, click on Coble News Diary.)