An Okeene couple who opted for an advanced in-vitro fertilization procedure called GIFT received an early Christmas present Sunday - quadruplets.
Ginny and Michael Dobrinski's four children were born from 9:33 to 9:35 p.m. Sunday at Integris Baptist Medical Center, more than 2 1/2 months before their Feb. 28 due date.
Dr. David Kallenberger, program director of the hospital's Bennett Fertility Institute, delivered the babies by Caesarean section.
Hospital spokesman Randy Sachs said Monday the three boys and one girl were all doing well in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.
The babies were born in the following order: Paul Michael, 2 pounds, 8 ounces; James Carter, 2 pounds, 12 ounces; Scott Ryan, 3 pounds, 4 ounces; and Shelby Nicole, 2 pounds, 5 ounces.
Ginny Dobrinski had been in the hospital since last Tuesday because she had begun having severe labor pains. Medications "bought us nearly an extra week," she said from her bed.
But by Sunday evening, Kallenberger had told the couple that the quads' delivery could not be postponed any longer.
"They got me into the operating room and then bing, bang, bong, the babies started coming," said Ginny Dobrinski, who was awake for the delivery. "In about two minutes, I had all my little Christmas angels.
"There must have been about 20 people in that operating room, but I was the only one that had a chair," said Michael Dobrinski, who videotaped his quadruplets' birth.
Michael Dobrinski, who is part owner and manager of a car dealership in Okeene, has videotaped virtually every aspect of his wife's pregnancy. "We recorded it all, from the conception to the delivery," Ginny Dobrinski joked.
In her case, conception began with gamete intrafallopian tube (GIFT) transfer.
A GIFT transfer involves a woman's unfertilized eggs being retrieved surgically or by advanced laparoscopic procedure. The eggs are then fertilized with a husband's (or donor's) sperm in a test tube (in vitro) before being placed back in the woman's fallopian tubes or uterus. BIOG: NAME:Archive ID: 633138