Sisters Ginger, Brodie, Trixie and Keiko were born 10 weeks early, weighing between 2lb 1oz and 2lb 12oz, after a tough pregnancy
Quadruplet girls who beat the odds to survive after a series of setbacks have been reunited with their parents at home, just in time for Christmas.
Ginger, Brodie, Trixie and Keiko were born 10 weeks early, weighing between 2lb 1oz and 2lb 12oz, after a tough pregnancy.
But the sisters fought back to health, giving proud parents Kirsty and Richard Jackson Fuller the best present possible.
Kirsty told the Mirror: “It really feels like they are just meant to be here.
“They’ve already gone through so much in their short lives and we suffered setback after setback, but now we’re home together and we get to be a family at Christmas.”
The couple had IVF treatment in March and discovered theirs might be an unusual pregnancy when Kirsty had her first test, at a private clinic.
The web developer, 35, said: “I think the nurse’s exact words to me were, ‘You’ve got a belly full of babies’.”
Yet the girls suffered in the womb, and the Jackson Fullers were repeatedly warned all four babies might not make it.
After the caesarean birth three months ago, Ginger needed laser eye surgery to avoid detached retinas and Brodie developed necrotising enterocolitis – a potentially fatal swelling of the abdomen.
But the girls have finally been allowed to go home with Mum and Dad to Kings Heath, Birmingham, where they have been inundated with well-wishers, friends and family.
Kirsty and journalist Richard, 39, are now adjusting to life with four babies.
The girls get through 170 nappies a week and 900g of powdered formula in just a few days, and are taken to regular medical check-ups in a specially made four-berth pram, which weighs four-and-a-half stone.
But though the couple cannot afford “fancy” things like changing tables, Kirsty said: “We get by fine on the basics, which were so kindly donated to us.”
She added: “The Birmingham Twins Group have been amazing to us and we can’t thank people like that enough, not to mention the wonderful staff at the NHS.
“We just feel so lucky and happy to have our little girls home for Christmas.”