Monday, February 24, 2014

Quadruple Surprise

I’m working on writing up a blog post about my surgery, but it will take a while to cover all the details, so for now I will share this unbelievable story.

Two weeks ago 42-year-old Kimberly Fugate gave birth to identical triplets, something that is extremely rare. Kimberly got another shock during her C-section when her doctor saw a fourth pair of feet after the triplets had been delivered.

"They had got the three out and they said, 'More feet,'" Kimberly said. "'More feet' … That's all I heard and I said, 'Nooo!'" 

(Below is a picture of Kimberly and her quadruplets. Is it just me or does she look incredibly old for turning 42 the day after the babies were born? I suppose dyed hair and a more modern haircut would help her looks considerably, but I think she looks a good 20 years older than her actual age.)

A fourth identical quadruplet had somehow been missed by numerous ultrasounds, managing to keep her existence hidden until she popped out behind three of her identical sisters.

The Fugate four, named Kenleigh Rosa, Kristen Sue, Kayleigh Pearl and Kelsey Roxanne were named after family members. All four babies are currently doing well in a neonatal intensive care unit in Mississippi after being born nearly 13 weeks premature.

Dr. James Bofill, a professor of maternal fetal medicine at the hospital said the odds of conceiving identical quadruplets is astonishingly rare, especially in a case like Kimberly's, where she became pregnant later in life without the use of fertilization drugs or treatments.

The odds of spontaneous quadruplets is one in every 729,000 live births, and the chances of having identical quadruplets are almost incalculable (only one in 13 million, to be exact, with only 60 cases documented in medical history).

Kimberly and her husband Craig are also parents to another daughter, Katelyn, age 10. It must be so exciting for them to add to their family in such a big way after so many years after having their first daughter. The more the merrier, right?!

4 comments:

Amy said...

I thought the same thing about the mom when I saw her! I definitely thought she looked a lot older than she actually is. I'm older than her and I'm happy to stay looking young!! And four babies at once...she's going to be a busy, happy mama!!

Stephanie said...

Hi Heather- I thought it was a picture of the Grandmother when I saw the story on abcnews.com
I thought it was odd they showed the Grandmother and not the Mother. :-)
I hope you are doing well!!!
Stephanie

Tina said...

Heather, You are right! She looks so old for being 42. Please tell me I don't look that old at 43! Glad you are home recovering.

Take Care!

mrnibblesmommy said...

I thought she was the grandmother when I saw a pic of her!

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