Quadruplets Set a Medical Record: The First Conceived Naturally From Four Separate Eggs

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 23, 2015   |   5:21PM   |   Washington, DC

These cute quadruplets in England set a medical first in the U.K. They are the first quadruplets ever to be conceived naturally from four separate fertilized eggs. The odds of natural quadruplets are about 1 in 700,000 and to have them conceived from four different eggs is even less likely.

Here’s more on this amazing story from the London Daily Mail newspaper:

Only three or four sets of quads are born each year in the UK. They normally occur when one or two fertilised eggs divide in the mother’s womb. This means two or three of the quads are from one egg. They may even be two sets of identical twins.

Experts say they have never heard of a case of non-identical quads being conceived naturally rather than through IVF.

Their parents Katalina Martin and Matthew Davies each have a child from a previous relationship but wanted one more to complete the family.

Now, to their joy and amazement, they have an instant handful.

They thought they would be unable to have another baby after doctors diagnosed Miss Martin, 28, with polycystic ovary syndrome, which makes it difficult to conceive naturally.

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Miss Martin, who has been supported by the Helping Hands project run by the Twins and Multiple Births Association (Tamba), said: ‘I was so relieved when they were all born safe and well.

‘I couldn’t believe when I saw them lying there in their cots. They all came from a different egg… and they have different personalities.’

The odds of natural quads are about 700,000 to 1, but experts said they could not estimate the probability of a non-identical set.