Originally created 08/15/04

Fraternal twin delivers 2 sets of identical twins on her birthday

WYNNEWOOD, Pa. -- The odds of a fraternal twin giving birth to two sets of identical twins may be one in a million, but Geana Morris can attest to it.

She delivered the quadruplets - two boys and two girls - on her 34th birthday at Lankenau Hospital. Mom and babies were doing well, hospital officials said Friday.

"It's a very special 'birth' day for me," said Morris, herself a fraternal twin.

Morris was implanted with two embryos in January, with the hope of carrying one to term. She and her husband, Kurt, also have a 2-year-old son.

Dr. Andrew Gerson, who delivered the babies, put the odds of such an occurrence at about one in 1 million quadruplet births.

Each of the newborns weighed between 2 and 3 pounds. Doctors hope the babies, who are receiving some help breathing, can be sent to their suburban Philadelphia home by the end of September, about a month before their mother's due date.


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