Congratulations times five! A Texas couple welcomed five new family members!
Carrie Jones and Gavin Jones, who are missionaries in Papua New Guinea, welcomed their five babies on August 9 at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. The quints included three boys and two girls: Will Edward, David Stephen, Marcie Jane, Seth Jared, and Grace Elise.
The babies are currently in stable condition, but because of their small size (ranging from 1 lb, 12 oz to 2 lbs, 11 oz) they will remain in the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Paul University Hospital for several months.
“The five babies are doing quite well right now,” Dr. Gary Burgess, medical director of the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, said on August 13. “They’re doing as expected. We always have little issues in the first week of life with these infants… They’re very stable right now.”
Three of the babies, Will, David, and Marcie, are on nasal prongs which helps provide them continuous positive airway pressure. Seth is on a ventilator due to breathing difficulties but is still doing well. Grace is on a mechanical ventialtor, but is “very stable” according to Dr. Burgess.
The five babies were delivered in less than five minutes by Dr. Patricia Santiago-Munoz.
“For all the anxiety that a quintuplet pregnancy generates, Carrie and Gavin are the perfect couple to have held it together,” Dr. Santiago-Munoz said. “A birth like this takes a village.”
The births took a team of more than 50 specialists, nurses, therapists, and technicians. The team planned for months for the births of the quints. They created a “Code 5” designation, gave pagers to the staff, and even developed a color-coded system to match each baby with. The hospital held weekly drills in order to prepare for the quints arrival.
The couple, who already have an 8-year-old son, did not undergo in vitro fertilization. Carrie said she had been using injections to help her conceive.
“I am so in love with these five tiny bundle of perfection,” Carrie posted. “Obviously, my favorite times of the day are those I spend in the NICU.”
— Jenny Pickard
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