Identical Quadruplets To Stay in NICU for a WhileBy: Lacy Langley - February 17, 2014
Identical quadruplets were born on February 8 to Kimberly and Craig Fugate, who were surprised to learn that the 42-year-old was pregnant to begin with.
The couple was really shocked to learn that the doctor expected triplets.
Then the diaper hit the fan when they were in the delivery room, delivering what they thought were triplets at 13 weeks premature.
“They had gotten the three out and they said, ‘More feet,'” the mother told CNN affiliate WAPT. “I said, ‘No!’ It was an instant shock.”
Kenleigh Rosa was born at 7:55, weighing 2 pounds, 1 ounce. Her sister, Kristen Sue, was born at 7:57 weighing 2 pounds, 4 ounces. Then came Kayleigh Pearl at 7:58 weighing 2 pounds, 8 ounces, followed by little surprise Kelsey Roxanne. She was born just a minute later weighing 2 pounds, 6 ounces.
The odds of having identical quadruplets without fertilization help are “incalcuable” according to Kimberly’s physician and professor of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Mississippi, Dr. James Bofill.
The Dr.’s reaction to the news was first shock, then he was “…embarrassed, obviously,” Bofill said. “The news was sent to me by one of my fellows. I thought she was kidding.”
It is unknown when the babies will be able to go home and join their parents and older sister Katelyn, 10. The Fugates have set up a Facebook page to keep friends and family updated on the progress of their little angels.
“Typically, when babies are born prematurely, doctors tell the families to expect them to stay in the (neonatal intensive care unit) until their original due date, which in this case would be May 2,” said hospital spokeswoman Jennifer Hospodor. “It is possible that some or all of the girls would be stronger enough to go home before that, or have to stay longer. It depends on how they develop over the next 12 weeks.”
The Fugates obviously have a lot of prep work ahead of them. Hopefully all will go well with the babies in the hospital so that they may begin their lives at home as soon as possible.
“I haven’t been able to hold them yet,” Kimberly Fugate said. “It will be very exciting to get to take them home and love them.”
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