Redwood City quadruplets ready to head home

January 12, 2011 1:35:19 PM PST
The story of how Samantha Weng and Wayne Wang of Redwood City were introduced to the notion of becoming parents started routinely enough. A home pregnancy test confirmed Samantha was pregnant, but then came the ultrasound, and a second and third ultrasound and their family kept getting bigger.

"We actually joked about it and said every time we do an ultrasound, there seems to be another baby. If we come to Stanford, Lucille Packard, are we going to have a fourth one?" Wayne Weng said.

They laugh now at that rhetorical question, but it has been quite a journey. Samantha delivered four daughters at just 26 weeks. What is amazing is that the quadruplet girls were naturally conceived and one set has been confirmed to be identical twins. Doctors say the odds of that happening are literally one in a million.

"Not only is it rare to have spontaneous quadruplets with identical twins but it's rare to have this good of an outcome when you deliver at 26 weeks."Obstetrician Dr. Jane Chueh said.

After nearly three months in intensive care at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, Emma, Audrey, Natalie and Isabelle are almost ready to go home. Dad says there are a lot of things the family still needs to get including a mini van that will allow them to transport their precious cargo back and forth to the hospital for check ups. Like any new mother with this kind of news, Samantha says at first she was completely overwhelmed but says she feels very blessed and fortunate.

"I know it's going to be hard. It's going to be restless every night but it's worth it. It's really worth it," Samantha Weng said.