JACKSON, MS – A 42-year-old Mississippi woman expecting triplets got the shock of her life when she was rushed to the hospital and found out she was actually delivering quadruplets.
Mom and the four bouncing baby girls were all doing well Monday, according to a spokeswoman for the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Dad? He wasn’t there. He was working, something he’ll probably be doing a lot of in the weeks, months and years ahead.
Here’s what happened, according to medical center spokeswoman Jen Hospodor, who spoke with The Times:
Kim Fugate’s pregnancy was completely natural: “No IVF, no fertility drugs, nothing.” So Fugate and her husband were shocked enough to learn they were expecting triplets. The due date was May 2.
But Kim was rushed to the hospital this month when she went into an early labor. On Feb. 8, she delivered three babies: Kenleigh, Kristen and Kayleigh, who all weighed just over 2 pounds.
And that’s when Kim heard the doctor say, “There are more feet.”
The “hider” was Kelsey, who weighed 2 pounds, 6 ounces.
The university center said the odds of spontaneous quadruplets are 1 in 729,000. “But in the Fugates’ case, the odds are even smaller because their girls split from a single egg, meaning the siblings are identical,” the statement said.
One expert put those odds at 1 in 13 million.