Mum Gives Birth To Identical Quadruplets During Coronavirus Pandemic
Jenny Marr and her husband Chris - both 35 - welcomed the quadruplet sons on 15 March, just as much of the United States went into lockdown. The odds of having identical quadruplets are estimated to be around one in 15 million.
They spent 10 weeks in Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas' NICU and nearly a month in the Special Care Nursery, but now, some two months later, the proud parents have finally been able to take their boys home.
Harrison Foy, Henry William, Hudson Perry and Hardy Smith Marr arrived at 28 weeks and four days, five weeks earlier than Jenny and Chris had been expecting.
In a Facebook post on 13 May, Jenny thanked the staff at the hospital for taking care of her four children, writing: "I was so worried that we would spend such a long time in the hospital.
"We had the most amazing nurses and doctors during our NiCU and Special Care stay. We made friends that will last a lifetime.
"Having babies during a global pandemic has been quite the experience. Everyone at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas made us and our babies too priority for care and safety. I only hope that one day I can hug each of them and say thank you.
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"Thank you for getting our sweet preemie babies into the world safely, for believing in them that they could exceed all expectations of such preterm babies. We never heard bad news, we never really had to worry, we welcomed into the world 4 healthy incredible babies. And now after just under 2 months they are all home."
Speaking to Today, the first-time parents said they were in 'utter shock' when they found out they were expecting identical, spontaneous quadruplets.
Initially, they'd been told they were having triplets, but at a later appointment, they found out they were in for even more of a treat.
Chris said: "The tech - who was doing the initial [scan] - she gave me a funny look. We were like, 'Oh what's going on now?' We got worried again.'"
"She was really cute. She said, 'I'm not supposed to say this, but y'all got four babies'."
He added: "I made the joke that I am not coming back because there are going to be five babies next time.
"We were just shocked. Jumping from three to four was easier to swallow. Just after that we heard they were healthy."
A post on the hospital's Facebook page also said that Jenny and Chris have 'no history of multiples in their families', adding: "Dr. Lauren Murray, an OB/GYN on the medical staff at Texas Health Dallas, said there are only about 72 documented cases of spontaneous, identical quadruplets."
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