As Mike and Mahalia Meeuwsen wait for the birth of their identical triplets at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, Mahalia’s employer has taken steps to help the couple.
Kevin Dove, head of external communications for CIBC, said the bank has set up a trust account through all its branches in B.C. and the Northwest Territories.
Anyone interested in donating to the Salmon Arm couple can do so to account number 44-44914, transit number 00250. Cheques must be made out to Lucille Howard and Sharon MacLeod in trust for Mahalia and Mike Meeuwsen.
The Salmon Arm branch, as well as branches in Kamloops, will also accept non-monetary donations.
A GoFund Me account has also been set up online at www.gofundme.com/j56q2jfg, under the name Mahalia and Mike’s 3 Miracles.
Mahalia, 42, is in Royal Inland Hospital on bed rest as the couple anticipates the birth of their first children in November.
Doctors have told them the triplets, conceived naturally without fertility treatments, appear to be healthy and growing, although they may have to be delivered before the scheduled C-section date of Nov. 16. It is hoped the babies will continue developing inside their mother’s womb as long as possible.
Regardless of when, the babies will be premature and require intensive care in hospital for weeks or even months.
The couple has been told by doctors only one in every 50-million births results in identical triplets.