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Early Christmas Gift Quadrupled

Karen Klinka Published: December 19, 1995

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.

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