When Miranda and Josh dreamed of starting a family, they hoped to have several children.
But for various reasons, the couple, who both happen to be professional nurses, had difficulties conceiving. Gradually, through IVF procedure, they were blessed with a baby girl, Joslyn.
A year later, Miranda hoped to have more children, so they turned once again to in vitro fertilization. Six weeks later, the couple found out that they were expecting twins.
But four days later came separate set of news which nobody could ever have imagined.
“I was shocked, the doctor was shocked,” Miranda said. “Never had that happened in his entire career.”
It turned out that Miranda was pregnant with quadruplets. What is even more shocking is that not only were they quadruplets, they were two sets of identical twins – two boys, and two girls, all born at the same time, with each set sharing an embryo and thus the same DNA.
The couple’s doctor, confirms that the miracle conception is extremely unusual.
“Embryo splitting occurs approximately in one out of 100 embryo transfers. The chance of this outcome is approximately one in 10,000. This could also occur in a natural conception, but the chance of that is much rarer,” Dr. James Grifo said.
But while doctors were amazed by the unlikely pregnancy, Miranda and Josh were concerned about the prospect of delivering four healthy babies. The pregnancy was scary for Miranda, who feared a miscarriage.
“I wasn’t sure if I was going to have a miscarriage, and I was always thinking that I could go into preterm labor at any moment,” Miranda says.
“We took it day by day,” Josh told ABC News.
On February 4, 2011, Miranda finally delivered their four children: Mia, Madison, Jackson and James. They were born 6 weeks early.
The doctors gave the couple the option to abort some of the fetuses, but despite the high risks involved with the pregnancy, the couple were determined to deliver all four of their miracle babies.
The twin boys were named Jackson and James and the twin girls, Mia and Madison. The twins have continued to grow up healthy and happy, and the family of 7 is a tight-knit, happy team!
Watch a clip of Miranda and Josh at home with their babies during the first few days after they were born. This is seriously impressive!
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