Double -- no, make that quadruple -- trouble?

Naturally conceived quadruplets born at Packard Children's Hospital

A Redwood City woman performed a rare feat recently when she gave birth to naturally conceived quadruplets at Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, a hospital spokesman said today (Tuesday).

New mom Samantha Weng gave birth to the four baby girls on Oct. 21 and is now getting ready to take them home, hospital spokesman Robert Dicks said.

Two of the babies are identical twins, which makes the quadruplets all the more unique.

"It's hard to know the exact odds, but it's at least one in a million," obstetrician Jane Chueh said.

It's too early to determine whether the other two girls are also identical twins. If they are, the odds would be closer to one in eight million, Dicks said.

"If all four girls are identical, the odds would be one in 11 million or more," Chueh said.

The babies' father, Wayne Wang, and Weng have been preparing their home for Audrey, Emma, Natalie and Isabelle's homecoming, Dicks said.

"You can never plan for something as big and wonderful as this," Wang said. "No matter how much we try to map everything out, we expect the girls to throw us a lot of curves."

After a high-risk pregnancy, the girls were born 14 weeks early, said Chueh, who performed the cesarean section on Weng.

"It's normal for them to be premature, most high-order multiple births are premature but to varying degrees," Dicks said.

Weighing less than two pounds each, the girls were transferred to Packard's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

"I was really worried about them," Weng said. "It was pretty shocking, even though we knew what to expect. They were so tiny and with all those tubes."

Now, after three months in intensive care, the girls are happy, healthy and are getting ready to head home, Dicks said.

"It was a very emotional experience for everyone, and we're thrilled with the outcome," Chueh said.

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Posted by Kathy
a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Jan 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I am sure this family will need a lot of support. How can we help? Is there a group set up to coordinate volunteers?

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