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Couple welcomes rare quadruplets with two sets of identical twins, a 1-in-70-million occurrence

A couple in Boaz, Alabama tried to have one more baby but they were blessed with 2 sets of identical twins, a case that happens only in 1 out of 70 million pregnancies.

“I had to convince Hannah it was a good idea to have a second child. Imagine how she reacted when she found out we were having four,” Michael said.

Hannah and Michael Carmack were shocked when they first learned they were having quadruplets. During their first pregnancy scan, Hannah could not believe her eyes and questioned what she was seeing on the screen.

“She was like, ‘Twins?’ But the ultrasound tech didn’t respond. Then Hannah goes, ‘Is it three?’ Then the ultrasound tech put her hand on Hannah’s knee and said, ‘Sweetie, it’s four,’” Michael said.

He started laughing while Hanna burst in tears. She wondered how she could be a good mother to four more children, considering her struggles with her 8-year-old daughter, Emily.

“I do believe my heart grieved for a while after finding out,” Hannah wrote on a Facebook post. “I hated that I felt that way because I know so many people are out there trying to conceive and I got blessed with quadruplets.”

Though it was Michael’s dream to have a big family, it wasn’t the case for Hannah. This is why they decided to arrange a meeting with their pastor after the appointment.

Hannah sat with their pastor for over an hour and talked about having a bigger family. “What I think Hannah came to realize is, ‘This is not normal. We had been chosen for something by God,” Michael said. They left the church feeling at peace and excited about their new journey as a growing family.

Michael, a veterinary technician, regularly updated their friends and followers about Hannah’s pregnancy. On the 17th week, one of the babies had some complications.

“Baby Adeline was measuring smaller and had a less than normal amount of fluid. They thought that this may be a case of what’s called TTTS – Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome,” Michael wrote.

“This is where one of the twins gives the other twin more nutrients and blood. As they monitored the babies they found that Adeline had irregular blood flow through her umbilical cord,” he added.

The doctors did a procedure to separate Evelyn and Adeline and everything went well since then.

On March 14, 2023, Hannah had an emergency C-section and delivered their 2 sets of identical twins. Born within four minutes of each other, Adeline, Evelyn, Daniel, and Michael instantly captured the hearts of their parents.

However, Adeline, who was pulled out last was not moving or crying because her umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck.

“These babies are miracles. We knew this already, but this morning I learned that our sweet little Adeline is a fighter. She has always been one,” said Hannah.

The couple prayed intently and waited for 11 days for all the babies to finally reunite with their family. Though the quadruplets are all healthy, they still need assistance with eating so they have to stay in the hospital until June.

Now that their 2 sets of identical twins are turning two months old, the couple is starting to notice their different personalities. Evelyn is sweet and smiley while Adeline and Daniel are funny and dynamic.

“They’re in the same room and he’s always trying to get closer to her. He loves her, and she’s like cutting her eyes at him,” Michael says. “When we did skin-to-skin with them, she’d always be trying to inch away from him,” says Michael.

More than anything, Michael is amazed by his wife’s dedication. She looks after their kids while still working at night.

“Hannah persuades the nurses to let her hold more than one baby at a time because she knows how important it is for them to hear and feel her,” Michael shared.

“She has a connection with these babies like no one else.”

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