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Mom Gives Birth To Rare Identical Spontaneous Quadruplets: “It’s Unbelievable”

Being a parent is wonderful and rewarding. It makes you complete. What about being a parent of four? Giving birth to four babies at once? Chris and Jenny Marr know it best. The momma had her first ultrasound exam in November. She was worried at first.

The doctor had a strange expression on his face. Jenny thought there was a problem.

“I was like, ‘Oh no, there’s no heartbeat.’ And, she’s like, ‘No, there is a heartbeat.’ She goes, ‘Y’all, there’s three babies in there.’ And we were just absolutely floored.”


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Born at 28 weeks and 4 days the Marr quads arrived on March 15th. It was 5 weeks earlier than we had expected, and I was so worried that we would spend such a long time in the hospital. We had the most amazing nurses and doctors during our NiCU and Special Care stay. We made friends that will last a lifetime. Having babies during a global pandemic has been quite the experience. Everyone at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas made us and our babies top priority for care and safety. I only hope that one day I can hug each of them and say thank you. Thank you for getting our sweet preemie babies into the world safely, for believing in them that they could exceed all expectations of such preterm babies. We never heard bad news, we never really had to worry, we welcomed into the world 4 healthy incredible babies. And now after just under 2 months they are all home. Thank you everyone for your prayers and love during this time. Now onto the next adventure of having them home and raising them into wonderful little men. We hope you’ll all continue on this journey with us. My sweet first babe, Zeke, I promise you that we are done bringing home babies. You are going to be so busy helping take care of these baby birds. You’re already so curious and worried and it is just the sweetest thing. #marrquads #themarrthemerrier #quadsquad #quadgoals #quadboys #identicalquads #identicalboys #goodnews #somegoodnews #somegoodnewswithjohnkrasinski @johnkrasinski @somegoodnews #identicalquadrupletboys #nicunursesrock #globalpandemic #coronababies #brothers

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A week later, they had a follow-up appointment at a maternal-fetal medicine specialist. The technician was shocked. Four babies?! Jenny and her husband didn’t have any siblings or a history of multiple births in the family. This was really awkward.

“I made the joke that I am not coming back because there are going to be five babies next time. We were just shocked. It’s unbelievable. It’ll never happen again in my career. I said, ‘Girl, go buy a few lottery tickets because those are the kind of odds we’re dealing with.”

Murray, an OB-GYN at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, explains that this was a pure miracle. “Identical, spontaneous quadruplet births occur in 1 in 11 million or 1 in 15 million births.”

There are just 72 similar cases.

Jenny was scared and so was her husband. The babies shared one placenta, and “the risk was that one of the babies can develop stronger and basically take away from the other babies.”

Things went really well.

“There were no incidents on the sonogram even leading up to that where we were worried that one of them, or two or three of them, would be significantly smaller.”


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Happy Easter from our family to yours! Our sweet little bunnies were made possible today with the help of a bunch of our amazing nurses today. Everyone stepped into get adorable pictures as quickly as possible so our little guys wouldn’t get cold. Our first family holiday together. Praise Jesus and his everlasting gift to us. We are an incredibly blessed family for so many reasons. The boys health is a praise we thank Him for everyday. Note: Yes our masks are off for a picture. It was quick and I’m pretty sure we didn’t breathe at all with them off. #themarrthemerrier #marrquads #nicunursesrock #quadgoals #preemiebunnies #babybunnies #babybirds #happyeaster #heisrisen @todayshow @todayparents

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Giving birth in the middle of a pandemic was scary. There were so many changes and guidelines. Jenny’s labor started when she was 28.5 weeks. She thought of the worst.

On March 15, the babies were born at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Harrison Foy, Henry William, Hudson Perry, and Hardy Smith Marr were all born in just 3 minutes.

Harrison was 2 pounds 6, Hardy had 2 pounds and 10 ounces, Henry was 2 pounds and 6.7 ounces and Hudson was just 1 pound and 15 ounces. The brothers were born in early spring, and they were actually “baby birds.” They needed oxygen and had to stay in the neonatal intensive care unit for 10 weeks.

It was hard for the parents to cope with the distance.

“They each have little bitty characteristics. 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. Thank God, Hudson’s a little smaller than everybody else and quieter.

It was a very surreal time and it’s one of those things that we will probably look back on in a couple of years, hopefully, when everything’s back to normal like, ‘Wow that was crazy!’ We just hope that this little story and our boys bring as much joy to everybody as they bring to us.”

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