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Mom Expecting Triplets Gives Birth To Identical Quadruplets

Somehow the fourth baby was missed during Kimberly Fugate's several ultrasounds.
Posted at 9:45 AM, Feb 17, 2014

At 41 years old, Mississippi mom Kimberly Fugate says she was surprised to learn she was pregnant — and with triplets no less. But the surprises didn't end there. 

“They had got the three out and they said 'more feet. More feet.' That’s all I heard and I said, 'no!'” (Via ABC

Despite several ultrasounds during Fugate’s pregnancy, a fourth baby was somehow missed.

She told The Clarion-Ledger she revealed the surprise to her husband, who was unable to make it to the delivery, by holding up the identification bracelets on her arm and asking him to count.

“He was speechless there at first and he said not four, and I said yes!” (Via WJTV

The girls are identical and fittingly their names all start with K —  Kenleigh Rosa, Kristen Sue, Kayleigh Pearl and Kelsey Roxanne. (Via WDBD

They’ll join big sister Katelyn, and the 10-year-old told WAPT she's already come up with a few ideas on how to tell her new sisters apart.

“Maybe you could paint a fingernail or bracelet or something.” (Via WAPT

The girls were born 13 weeks premature — weighing between 2 pounds 1 ounce and 2 pounds 8 ounces. On Facebook, the Fugates say their four bundles of joy are doing well — though they’re still on ventilators while their lungs continue to develop. 

To give you an idea of just how rare this is, the chances of spontaneous quadruplets are about 1 in 729,000. Doctors say the chances of all four being identical are almost incomprehensible.