Friday, October 12th, 2012
A Colorado couple has welcomed quadruplets–one boy and three girls, two of whom are identical twins, which is an unusual piece of news in and of itself. But adding to the story of Ashley and Andy Adams is the fact that four months into her pregnancy, which was the result of infertility treatments, Ashley was diagnosed with Stage 1 thyroid cancer. CNN has more:
Multiple-birth pregnancies are often complicated, said Ashley’s doctor, Julie Scott, a high-risk obstetrician at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora. As a result, Ashley wanted to wait until after the babies were born at 30 weeks to undergo cancer surgery. She delivered one boy and three girls, two of them identical twins, on August 26.
Her surgery, a seven-hour procedure that included a thyroidectomy and lymph node removal, took place a few weeks later and was successful.
Scott has seen thousands of patients, many with higher-order (three or more fetuses) pregnancies. She said it is not uncommon to diagnose cancer in pregnant women because that’s often when they have their first extensive health examinations. What’s scary is that the cancer may have been lying untreated — and spreading — for years.
“Ashley has probably had that cancer for several years, and it went undiagnosed, probably because with her young age,” Scott said. “The doctors missed the warning signs.”
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Friday, August 17th, 2012
A set of quintuplets were born in Texas this week–5 babies in as many minutes–and are in “stable condition,” CNN.com is reporting:
The quintuplets — among the first set delivered nationally so far this year — were in stable condition after being born Thursday to missionaries Carrie and Gavin Jones at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
Three boys and two girls — Will Edward, David Stephen, Marcie Jane, Seth Jared and Grace Elise — remained in the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Paul University Hospital, part of the medical center.
While in stable condition, the siblings likely will remain hospitalized for several months until they reach weight, post-birth age and health markers.
“The five babies are doing quite well right now,” Dr. Gary Burgess, medical director of the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, said Monday. “They’re doing as expected. We always have little issues in the first week of life with these infants. … They’re very stable right now.”
The five ranged in weight at birth from 1 pound, 12 ounces to 2 pounds, 11 ounces and in length from 12.5 inches to 15.5 inches.
“For all the anxiety that a quintuplet pregnancy generates, Carrie and Gavin are the perfect couple of have held it together,” said Dr. Patricia Santiago-Munoz, who delivered the babies in less than five minutes, according to the hospital. “A birth like this takes a village.”
That it did — a team of more than 50 specialists, nurses, therapists and technicians assisted Santiago-Munoz, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology.
Though the couple used injectable medications to help them achieve a pregnancy, they did not undergo in vitro fertilization. The couple has an 8-year-old son, Isaac.
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Monday, June 11th, 2012
A Pennsylvania couple has welcomed a very rare (1 in 500,000) set of identical triplets. Examiner.com reports:
The three boys are named Daniel Jeffrey, Ryder James and Garrett Campbell. The three bundles of joy were born on Tuesday at 8:42, 8:43, and 8:44, which was quick. No doubt their mother was happy.
Jennifer Price said initially she was shocked to learn she would have identical triplets. Her husband Daniel Price said he was happy to have the help of a wall to keep him on his feet as his wife gave birth.
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Thursday, January 26th, 2012
A young woman living in poverty in northern Afghanistan has given birth to sextuplets, Reuters reports:
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Sara Gul, 22, from the northern Balkh province, said on Tuesday she tried to abort after learning she was pregnant with the brood of six, highlighting the country’s poverty and ignorance surrounding birth control.
“I even jumped from a wall but nothing happened to them,” Gul told Reuters in provincial capital Mazar-e-Sharif, where she gave birth — her first — late Monday.
Maternity ward doctor Abdul Rauf Ferogh confirmed the birth, saying five of the babies were healthy, while the last one was underweight and still in postnatal care.
Rare in nature, multiple births are often the result of medical fertility treatment, although the method does not exist in Afghanistan. Afghans take pride in having large families, but war, conflict and destitution means one in four children die before reaching the age of five.