Crystal and Matt Hayes said there was a time when they thought having kids was out of the question — now, they say they’re wondering where to put all the cribs.
The couple, from Springfield, welcomed quadruplets at Kettering Medical Center on Wednesday night. Although Crystal called the births “a blessing,” the children were 11 weeks premature and are now being treated around the clock at the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.
“They’re just really fighting for life,” Matt said. “They’re pretty under-developed, so their lungs are not where they need to be.”
Babies Ellie, Everett, Jane and Norah ranged in weight from 1 pound, 14 ounces to 2 pounds, 9 ounces, according to the couple.
According to hospital officials, a total of 18 physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists worked together in the four births, which Crystal said took just over an hour.
“We always wanted a big family,” she said. “We just got it a little more quickly than we anticipated.”
The Hayes quadruplets are the second set of four born at the hospital since September 2012, according to spokesperson Elizabeth Long.
“We had prepped weeks in advance,” Long said, adding that Crystal had been admitted for two weeks in anticipation of the birth.
Matt, who works as a pastor at Lake Avenue Christian Church in New Carlisle, said the doctors have concerns about one baby’s spine but declined to go into detail about their conditions. Meanwhile, Crystal said she’s OK after the Cesarean section delivery.
With a 2-year-old daughter already at home, the couple said they made several renovations to their home in order to properly welcome the new additions.
By Clint Davis - Springfield News-Sun, Ohio (MCT)
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