Identical twin quadruplets have been born to a Texas couple, a rare event for a couple that had planned on a family of four — and ended up with a family of seven.
The identical twin quadruplets were born to Tressa Montalvo, 36, and husband Manuel Montalvo, Jr., 43. Parents to a son already, the Montalvos wanted to give him a brother or sister — and it appears they overshot the mark a little. (Though everyone seems very happy.)
The identical twin quadruplets were revealed when, during an exam, a doctor thought he heard a third heartbeat. The couple visited another specialist, who gave them the shocking news — ABC explains:
“Montalvo and her husband, Manuel Montalvo Jr., 43, thought they were having twins until their doctor detected a third fetal heartbeat. They were then referred to a maternal fetal medicine specialist, Dr. Brian Kirshon, who found a fourth heartbeat.”
Manuel Montalvo understandably says that the news was a bit of a shock, and he explains:
“We couldn’t have been more surprised when Dr. Kirshon told us we were having four babies and that they were two sets of twins … We were trying for one little brother or sister for our two-and-a-half year old son, Memphis.”
The really interesting part about the Montalvos’ identical twin quadruplets is that, in a world where pregnancy and fertility has become largely a manipulatable science, all four babies and their unique circumstance was truly an act of God. Tressa explains:
“No fertility drugs were used. We planned the pregnancy — I guess we just succeeded a little too much!”