Published: Aug. 18, 2006
Updated: Aug. 19, 2006
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By Duke Medicine News and Communications
DURHAM, N.C. -- A woman from Wendell, N.C. delivered quadruplets this morning at Duke University Hospital. The infants are being cared for in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit, and the condition of each is listed as serious. Their mother, Leslie Pollard, 28, is listed in good condition.
The infants -- two boys and two girls -- were born via Caesarean section at about 5:00 a.m. Their birth weights ranged from 2 pounds 2 ounces to 2 pounds 10 ounces. They are breathing with the assistance of breathing tubes and mechanical ventilators, and they have been placed in incubators to help regulate their body temperatures.
Richard Auten, M.D., a Duke neonatologist who is caring for the infants, said their prognosis is very good and that the need for respiratory support is normal for babies of this size.
Leslie and her husband, Jeff Pollard, 30, named the babies Jack, Joshua, Morgan and Mandi. The quads were born at 28 weeks gestation. A normal pregnancy is approximately 40 weeks.
This is the first set of quadruplets born at Duke University Hospital since 2004.