A childless couple who tried for 10 years to have a baby have made medical history – by having quads from a single embryo.
Christine and Justin Clark decided to try IVF last year and one embryo was implanted.
Doctors were stunned when four babies developed – it is the first time four children of the same sex have been born from a single embryo.
The girls were born by Caesarean section at Sheffield’s Jessop Wing, and are being cared for in Rotherham Hospital’s special care baby unit.
The quartert weighed just over 10lbs between them and were born on Monday, March 25, at 30 weeks.
First to make her entrance was Darcy, who was born at 2.46pm weighing 2lb.
Caroline followed straight after, weighing 2lb 3oz, before Elisha a minute later, weighing 2lb 14oz, and finally Alexis, born weighing 3lb at 2.48pm.
Mrs Clark, aged 36, a staff nurse, of Brinsworth, Rotherham, said: “When we found out we were having four babies, I just couldn’t believe it.
“I was speechless when the doctors told me.
“We were hoping for one child but four was unbelievable.
“To be honest, I didn’t believe it until I saw them for myself.”
Mrs Clark suffered from the same extreme morning sickness as the Duchess of Cambridge – known as hyperemesis gravidarum.
She said: “When I heard about Kate on the news I knew exactly what she was going through.
“It didn’t stop until 27 weeks and was exhausting. I wouldn’t wish it on anybody, but knowing I was going to have four babies was just wonderful.
Mr Clark, a 43-year-old lorry driver said: “We’d been trying for nine years to have one child and had no luck.
“It was very emotional when we were told we were going to have four babies.
Mr Clark said: “They are the first set of quads to be born from a single embryo, which split into three.
“One of these three then split into two, to make twins.
“Now we can’t wait to get them home. It will be a very special day in our lives when that happens.”
Adel Shaker, medical director at CARE Sheffield in Nether Edge, who treated Mrs Clark on the NHS, said: “I have been working in IVF for more than 20 years and this is the first case I am aware of where a single embryo transferred resulted in a quadruplet pregnancy.”