Four tiny baby boys delighted their parents this spring when they came home from the hospital happy and healthy without contracting the coronavirus.
Texas quadruplets Hudson, Harrison, Henry and Hardy are being described as “miracle” babies, not just because of their birth in the midst of a global health crisis, but also because of their very existence, according to the Daily Mail.
The boys are identical quadruplets, which medical experts believe has a one in 15 million chance of occurring, the report states. What’s more, Jenny Marr and her husband, Chris, of Texas, said their sons were conceived naturally. Fertility drugs can increase the chance of multiples.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Dr. Lauren Murray, Marr’s doctor. “It’ll never happen again in my career.”
Marr said she and her husband were shocked last year when they learned that they were expecting quadruplets.
According to the report:
During her first ultrasound exam in November 2019, Jenny recalls Dr. Murray making a strange face – and she immediately thought that something might be wrong with her unborn child.
‘I was like, “Oh no, there’s no heartbeat,”‘ Jenny told Today.
However, Dr. Murray quickly reassured the mom-to-be that there was indeed a heartbeat – in fact, the OBGYN could hear three, news that left Jenny and Chris ‘absolutely floored’.
Another surprise — though slightly less shocking this time — came a week later when additional testing revealed that there were four babies in her womb, she said.
Marr gave birth to the boys on March 15 at 28 weeks of pregnancy, the report states. Each boy was born 3 minutes apart at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, and their weights ranged from 2 pounds 10 ounces to 1 pound 15 ounces, the report continues.
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Marr said one of her biggest fears was that the boys might contract the coronavirus in the hospital. She said they spent 10 weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit, beginning when the health crisis broke. But the boys quickly grew healthier and stronger. Earlier this month, the Texas couple said they were able to take their sons home for the first time.
“It’s incredible,” Marr told Today. “We called them our baby birds because they really looked like baby birds.”
“They each have little bitty characteristics,” her husband added. “When we sit down and look at them, we can figure out who they are but if you just look at them from a distance, they all look the same.”