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After waiting more than a month, Ginny and Michael Dobrinski on Wednesday were able to take their four new babies home to Okeene.
The Dobrinski quadruplets, born 2 1/2 months premature on Dec. 18, had grown enough to be discharged from Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, hospital spokesman Randy Sachs said Wednesday.
When the three boys and one girl were delivered by Caesarean section, their birth weights had ranged from 3 pounds, 4 ounces, down to 2 pounds, 5 ounces.
Since then, the quads have bulked up considerably.
Their discharge weights were: Paul Michael, 4 pounds, 6 ounces; James Carter, 5 pounds, 4 ounces; Scott Ryan, 6 pounds, 4 ounces; and Shelby Nicole, 4 pounds, 8 ounces.
"I timed them. It took the Dobrinskis nearly 17 minutes to strap all the babies into their respective car safety seats," Sachs said. "And they needed two cars to carry home all the stuff - it was almost a caravan."
Sachs said the four babies were sent home with heart monitors. "That's a pretty routine precaution for premature infants," the spokesman said. "After all, the quads are going home to Okeene almost a month before their original due date of Feb. 28."
Sachs said a home health nurse will visit the family periodically to check on the quads' lungs and circulatory system development.
Ginny Dobrinski, 31, had become pregnant through an advanced in-vitro fertilization procedure called GIFT, or gamete intrafallopian tube 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 before being placed back in the woman's fallopian tubes or uterus.Archive ID: 640272