A set of quintuplets born at just 27 weeks and five days, have been reunited for the first time since their flawless delivery after five months.
Carrie Jones, 35, a Christian Missionary currently based in Duncanville, Texas, gave birth to ‘five tiny bundles of perfection’ via Cesarean section.
One by one her newborns Will, David, Marcie and Grace were deemed well enough to go home but her tiniest child Seth the all clear at last after he was diagnosed with a chronic lung condition come back home after.
With her brood back together again, Mrs Jones, 35, told Dallas News: ‘It’s a little hectic.
‘But we are just so happy, happy, happy to have Seth home; the hectic is OK.’
Seth who weighed just 1lb 12oz when he was born suffers from bronchopulmonary dysplasia – a chronic lung condition that affects newborn babies who were either put on a breathing machine after birth or were born very early.
Mrs Jones said she and her husband Gavin, were worried he might never make it.
Talking about medical costs Mr Jones,35, said: ‘Since October, in four months, he’s cost $750,000 – well over $1million since he was born.’
Luckily, he said, the family qualified for Medicaid, which enabled them to get round-the-clock professional nursing care.
The Jones quintuplets were born more than two months early weighing between 1lb, 12oz and 2lbs, 11oz.
Thanks to meticulous preparation at the hospital leading up to their birth, when it came to the delivery, Dr Patricia Santiago told the couple it had gone smoother than she had ever predicted.
In fact she had all five babies out of Mrs Jones’ womb by emergency C-section in under four minutes.
Faced with such a risky labour and delivery, Mrs Jones recalled: ‘I was most nervous from 23 weeks to 26 weeks because that’s such a critical time.
As it got closer to 28 weeks I was breathing easier as the survival rate jumps significantly from 26 weeks.’
Already a mother to son, Isaac, nine, Mrs Jones had suffered an ectopic pregnancy and struggled to conceive a second time, turning to fertility treatment to help the process.