Hudson, Harrison, Henry and Hardy: Rare Identical Quadruplets Born in Dallas

Rare birth during COVID-19

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Four identical quadruplets born two months ago at a Dallas hospital are home after a long stay in special care.

Hudson, Harrison, Henry and Hardy were born at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas to Jenny and Chris Marr.

The Marr identical quadruplets (Photo: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas)

At the first doctor visit the Marr's found out three babies were on the way. But, but one week later they got another surprise.

“I’m not supposed to tell you this but you guys have four babies," mother Jenny Marr said. "I said, 'No, haha we can’t have four babies no way,'  and Chris, I looked over at Chris and he’s like oh panicking!”

The quads were delivered at 12:46 a.m. on March 15 at just 28 weeks which was a little sooner than expected. They didn't waste any time entering the world.

“From the time they wheeled me into the operating room and the babies came out I think it was about 6 minutes," Marr said. 

This was just one day before Dallas County's mandatory stay-at-home orders were going into effect because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s a different world we live in now," Marr said. "It’s really interesting to be going through all this. We literally gave birth on the day the pandemic broke out.” 

The hospital announced the births Friday.

The children went home Tuesday after they were feeding well and had gained enough weight.

The hospital said such births are extremely rare and occur in only one in 11 million.

The parents are both only children and have no history of multiple births in their families, the hospital said.

“This situation is so incredibly rare that there are only about 72 documented cases of spontaneous, identical quadruplets ever,” Texas Health Dr. Brian Rinehart said in a hospital news release.

There was a small army of 24 caregivers in the delivery room, Texas Health said.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Photo credit: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

The hospital implemented a no-visitor policy on March 23 because of the coronavirus. Only the parents were permitted to visit in the neo-natal intensive care unit and had to wear masks at all times.

“I was appreciative and impressed by all the precautions,” Chris Marr said.

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