(Newser) - Pretty much everything about Kimberly Fugate's pregnancy was surprising. The Mississippi woman had no intention of getting pregnant again, only to learn, at age 41, that she was expecting. The day before she turned 42 came the second shock: She was expecting triplets.
Mother holding infant's hand - or perhaps letting it go.But when Fugate gave birth at at the University of Mississippi Medical Center on Feb. 8, something else entirely happened: She had quadruplets, and identical girls at that; the odds of that happening are believed to be 13 million to one, and there's thought to be only about 60 such sets in the world, the Clarion-Ledger reports.
The four girls-Kenleigh, Kristen, Kaleigh, and surprise Kelsey-were born at 28 weeks, and are expected to stay in the hospital until May, at which point they'll join sister Katelyn, 10, at home. The Ledger notes that Kelsey never surfaced in ultrasounds throughout the pregnancy.
As for the moment Fugate learned about the additional baby, she tells Good Morning America, "They had got the three out and they said, 'More feet. 'More feet' ... that's all I heard and I said, 'Nooo!'" How did Fugate break the news to her husband, who wasn't present for the birth? She showed him her arm and asked him to count the number of ID bracelets. There were, of course, four.