Jenny and Chris Marr feared complications but they were lucky to have their babies healthy and safe.
Life is an adventure that gives you crazy surprises. Jenny and Chris Marr did not expect their first child would be born amid a global pandemic. But that was not their only shock. The ultrasound revealed a bigger twist which just made the couple happier.
According to Today, Jenny heard the happy news when she went for her first ultrasound in November. Having noticed a change of expression on her doctor's face, the concerned mother enquired if there was a problem. “I was like, ‘Oh no, there’s no heartbeat.’ And, she’s like, ‘No, there is a heartbeat,’” recalled Jenny, according to Today. She continued, "She goes, ‘Y’all, there’s three babies in there.’ And we were just absolutely floored."
Jenny was thrilled but her excitement reached heights after discovering she was going to have four identical babies at their next appointment. “I made the joke that I am not coming back because there are going to be five babies next time. We were just shocked," said Chris.
It was their first time and they did not imagine it to be something so rare. In addition to them being astonished, the doctor too was left shocked. According to their doctor, Lauren Murray, the birth of spontaneous identical quadruplets occurs in 1 in 11 million or 1 in 15 million deliveries. Additionally, only 72 such births were recorded in literature over the years.
The doctor stated she was very lucky to be a part of such a birth. “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, told Today. She added, "What a miracle it was.”
However, Jenny and Chris were forced to develop some worry after they were informed that the babies shared one placenta. This meant all the four babies relied on one placenta for their nourishment. Learning this news left the couple anxious. Chris said, "The risk was that one of the babies can develop stronger and basically take away from the other babies."
The doctors informed them that it might require surgery and reassured the couple that they would address any issues that arose. “The babies shared incredibly 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,” said the doctor, according to Today.
With everything looking better for the mother and the babies, Jenny went into labor in March 2020. The couple had not anticipated such a crisis like the pandemic to be around during the delivery and began doubting if the change in hospital policies would impact the delivery. “For the first time (during my pregnancy) I anticipated the worst. Maybe we were going to have sick babies and they were going to be in the NICU,” said Jenny.
Fortunately, the delivery went well and her husband as well as Jenny's mother was lucky to witness the miraculous delivery on March 15 at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. “They were all born in three minutes. It’s incredible. We called them our baby birds because they really looked like baby birds," recalled Jenny.
After the cesarean, the babies were shifted to the neonatal intensive care unit and remained in care for 10 weeks. The Identical quadruplets Harrison Foy, Henry William, Hudson Perry, and Hardy Smith Marr were then made to spend a month at the Special Care Nursery. After almost two months, the couple was finally able to take their kids home. “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," wrote Jenny on Facebook.
Talking about their babies, Chris said, "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." Jenny hopes that story of their boys gives happiness and hope to people.
“We never knew how in love you could really be until you have a love for your child, or children all at once in our case. We just hope that this little story and our boys bring as much joy to everybody as they bring to us.”