Health/Science
4:25 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Jones Family Credits Major Hospital Initiative, Prayer For Successful Births

The quintuplets born at UT Southwestern Medical Center are all in stable condition, doctors said at a press conference today alongside the babies' parents and older brother.

The babies’ mother, Carrie Jones, thanked the team of more than 50 doctors and nurses who managed the delivery on Thursday. She wore a hospital robe as her husband Gavin and their eight-year-old son Isaac sat with her.

“Isaac’s been praying for five years for a sibling. And so I fully blame him,” she said.

“One for each year,” Gavin added.

“We didn’t even do IVF. I was on shots because I’d had an ectopic rupture," Carrie said.

The fertility shots encouraged ovulation and helped Jones conceive when she'd thought it be a long-shot to even hope for one baby. Dr. Patricia Santiago-Munoz, who delivered the three boys and two girls,  said she'd only expected Jones to carry the babies for 25 weeks before premature labor key of pregnancies with multiples. She made it to 27.

Only about 12 sets of quintuplets are born each year in the U.S.

Will, David, Marcie, Seth, and Grace are expected to remain in the NICU for at least two months. Mrs. Jones is from Duncanville. She and Gavin serve as missionaries in Papa New Guinea and hope to bring their family back to the South Pacific next July.

Read the couple's blog for updates on the Jones' unfolding adventure.