Kentucky Quintuplets Born Weeks Apart
LEXINGTON, Ky., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- A set of quintuplets born earlier this week could be the first set in the world born weeks apart. Monica Wainscott of Frankfort, Ky., gave birth to Bailey Christine at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Ky., after going into labor Nov. 16. Bailey weighed 1 pound, 4 ounces. Wainscott and Bailey then were transferred to UK Hospital and UK Children's Hospital, respectively. Bailey's two sisters and two brothers -- Avery Maxine, Shelby Tyler, Lucas O'Brien, and William Garrett -- were born more than two weeks later on Dec. 2. John O'Brien, M.D., perinatologist at Central Baptist Hospital and a community-based faculty member in the UK College of Medicine, said the opening of the womb was sewn and medication to stop labor was given to the mother to prevent the other infants from being born until they could develop further. O'Brien said he gave Wainscott more medication to put off labor than he has given any other patient. "Monica showed enormous courage and determination in the commitment to give her babies as much time as possible in the womb." Sewing up the opening of the womb in cases of multiple births is not uncommon, O'Brien said, adding that he has found evidence of only one other case involving quintuplets and four of those five babies did not survive. The infants are the second set of quintuplets born in Kentucky this year. The other quintuplets, from Louisville, were the first born in the state in more than 80 years. Wainscott didn't see Bailey until Thanksgiving Day. "It was quite an emotional scene on a very symbolic day," O'Brien said, "there were lots of tears." "To be able to buy even two weeks time allowing the babies to mature made an important difference," said Nirmala Desai, M.D., neonatologist at UK Children's Hospital. Wainscott went into active labor Dec. 2 and the four infants were delivered by Caesarean section by a team of more then 20 physicians, nurses and other health care staff, Desai said. "It was an exemplary team effort," O'Brien said. On Tuesday, Desai reported that all of the infants were responding well to treatment and one infant, Lucas O'Brien (Dr. O'Brien's namesake) had been taken off a respirator. "They are very stable and are doing quite well for their gestational age," Desai said. Wainscott and her husband Milton, also have a son, Cody, 10. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X40768934
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