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08-16-2007, 07:05 PM

Calgary woman delivers identical quadruplets in U.S.
Girls in good condition after being born by caesarean section
Last Updated: Thursday, August 16, 2007 | 3:12 PM MT
CBC News

A Calgary woman delivered a rare set of identical quadruplets in a Montana hospital because southern Alberta's only neonatal intensive care unit was full.

Karen Jepp delivered the girls Autumn, Brooke, Calissa and Dahlia on Sunday afternoon at the Benefis Hospital in Great Falls. Hospital officials said Thursday that all four babies were in good condition and breathing without ventilators.

The babies, naturally conceived, were delivered by caesarean section at 31 weeks. Dahlia is the smallest, weighing two pounds six ounces at birth. Autumn is the largest, weighing two pounds 15 ounces.

Jepp went into labour on Friday, Aug. 10.

Despite having earlier co-ordinated a medical team to deliver the babies, the Foothills Medical Centre's neonatal intensive care unit was over capacity that night, officials with the Calgary Health Region said.

Health officials said they checked with Canadian hospitals before deciding to fly Jepp to Great Falls with her husband, a nurse and a respiratory technician.

Dr. Ian Lange of the Calgary Health Region said the chances of having naturally conceived identical quads is one in 13 million.

Two of the babies will be moved Thursday to a hospital in Calgary and the other two might be transferred Friday.

Karen Jepp and her husband, J.P. Jepp, who works for Shell Oil's renewable energy operation, also have a two-year-old son named Simon.
With files from the Associated Press

08-16-2007, 08:27 PM
How cool, good for them. They will surely be very busy. It says they were naturally conceived, wow...how cool.

08-16-2007, 09:10 PM
That is almost like the Dionne quintuplets that were born yrs ago in Canada.
Their birthplace has now become a tourist attraction, people still visit from all over .

08-16-2007, 09:37 PM
Hope they have a better life than the Dionne girls.


08-16-2007, 09:44 PM
Hope they have a better life than the Dionne girls.

Amen to that, sister! :rolleyes: