Then you find out you are having identical TRIPLETS!
Whoa. And then when you give birth at 28 weeks it turns out there was another baby hiding in there!
Well, this actually happened to a Mississippi mom last week. Kimberly Fugate, exhausted after an intensive labor and grueling cesarean section delivery of identical triplets, was ready to breathe a sign of relief, but the Mississippi mother’s doctor had a surprise for her.
“They had got the three out and they said, ‘More feet,'” Fugate said. “‘More feet’ … that’s all I heard and I said, ‘Nooo!'”
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 last week at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
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 Fugate’s, where she became pregnant without the use of fertilization drugs or treatments (fertility treatments usually result in fraternal siblings).
“The odds of spontaneous quadruplets is one in every 729,000 live births,” Bofill said. “The chances of having identical quadruplets [are] almost incalculable.”
When a German woman delivered identical quads in 2012, medical experts said the odds were about 13 million to 1 and that there were approximately 60 sets in the entire world.
The Fugate four — Kenleigh, Kristen, Kaleigh and hidden surprise Kelsey — will remain in UMMC’s neonatal intensive care unit until May due to their premature birth. Despite complications that often arise in multiple pregnancies, Bofill said the babies are healthy.
Kimberly already had a 10-year-old daughter and I can only imagine she will be needing her help with four babies to look after. I give her a round of applause for carrying quads at her age to basically “term” and giving birth to small but healthy babies. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to have four identical children. That would be so crazy (but also cool).
Anyways, I just wanted to share this story because it just goes to show anything is possible, and it gives me hope.