Grace and James Slattery suffered four miscarriages and believed they would never be able to have children together. However, out of the blue, the couple became pregnant with quadruplets without IVF. According to doctors, their babies are little miracles, especially since the odds of having quads is one in ten-thousand.
The couple was excited to discover that they were having four girls but thought they were going to face another loss when they found out one of her babies had a birth defect. Doctors told her that one of their daughter’s, Amelia, would only survive a few hours after being born. This was because she had a congenital diaphragmatic hernia, which is a hole in the diaphragm that allows the contents of the abdomen to move into the chest cavity and the organs to move into the wrong place.
Mrs. Slattery said: “We were told if Amelia was born too small, no surgeon would operate on her and due to her hernia, her heart was in the wrong place and lungs weren’t properly developed.”
In May, Mrs. Slattery gave birth at 32-weeks via Caesarean section and miraculously. Amelia survived. She was their largest baby, weighing 4Ibs 3oz and doctors agreed to operate on her. Now all four of the couple’s children are doing well.
“We call them our fantastic four. We cannot believe our babies are seven months old now – time flies and we are so looking forward to their first Christmas. Friends and family have been showering them with presents already- they have a Christmas songs CD which they love and helps to calm them down. The babies are our Christmas miracles – we are blessed. Just when we thought we couldn’t go through any more and we were ready to give up, we received the best news ever.
I really want to encourage other women to keep trying, because if we’d given up we wouldn’t have the babies we do now.’ ‘We are going to my parents for Christmas dinner so we can actually all sit down and enjoy it. Otherwise, James and I would be so busy with all the babies we would probably end up having Christmas dinner really late, in front of the TV. We want this Christmas to be magical – as we are so grateful to have all of our babies with us.”
Mrs. Slattery concluded, “We are so glad our babies survived. We are delighted with our four healthy and happy little miracles. I never let myself dream this could happen. It’s hard work but it is so worth it to see our healthy, happy children.”