The Doctors: Furtick Identical Quadruplets
The Doctors February 6 2013 was all about sets of multiples, so the Furtick quadruplets came by the show. Dr. Travis Stork asked them if they messed with people.
They said that when they were in school, they would switch places with each other all the time to take certain tests and pass their classes. Dr. Andrew Ordon joked that they could skip out on the DMV by having only one of them go wait in line four times.
For a while, only one of the Furtick quadruplets had a license and the others just borrowed it. They were all quick to say that they’re all licensed drivers now.
The Drs: How Rare Are Quadruplets?
The Furtick quadruplets wondered what the odds were of their birth. Their mother didn’t plan to have a child of any kind and ended up with four.
Dr. Lisa Masterson said that the odds of having quadruplets is one in 800,000. For identical quadruplets, the odds are one in 11 to 15 million.
Dr. Masterson also said their mother took huge risks by having them. She said their mother’s risk of premature delivery, hypertension, anemia, gestational diabetes and post-partem hemorrhage all greatly increased. The quadruplets thanked their mother and there was a huge applause.
The Doctors: Kidney Failure After Giving Birth
The Wilkinson parents had two children already when they had their quintuplets. Their life was changed drastically. The mother said it was like “herding cattle” and “running a marathon all the time.” The mother asked about her kidneys. After giving birth, her kidneys completely shut down. She wanted to know if that gave her a risk of kidney problems later in life.
Dr. Masterson said the answer was no. She said usually the kidneys and everything else go back to normal after pregnancy and that her kidneys should be fine, as long as she follows up with her doctor.
The Drs: McGee Sextuplets Health Question
The father of the McGee sextuplets said that when they went in to get the ultrasound, the doctor kept counting on the screen. He said when the doctor got to six, he had to brace himself. The parents said that they work hard. Because it’s easier, they feed the kids from one bowl and one spoon. The mother asked how they could stop the children from getting sick, since there are so many and the second one gets a sniffle they all do.
Dr. Jim Sears said there’s not really a good way to stop the sickness from spreading. But he did say that the colds they catch when they’re younger strengthen their immune system and will make them healthier later in life.
Dr. Travis Stork bowed to the parents of the McGee Sextuplets, because he said he knew it must be hard.