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Mom Expects Triplets, Gets Quadruplets Instead

Mom expects triplets, delivers quadruplets

Learning that you're carrying triplets at 42 years old is pretty big news in and of itself. But imagine making it all the way to the delivery room before doctors discover that there are "more feet" in there?

Yep. Pretty crazy stuff. And yet that's exactly what happened for one mom in Jackson, Miss. When she heard the news, Kimberly Fugate was undergoing a C-section at the Winfred L. Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

"They had gotten the three out, and they said, 'More feet,'" Fugate told CNN affiliate WAPT. "I said, 'No!' It was an instant shock."

The February 8 procedure was due to deliver three identical baby girls: Kenleigh, Kristen and Kayleigh. But their sister Kelsey was intent on making a surprise entrance. And in doing so, she made her mom's pregnancy one for the record books.

According to Fugate's physician, Dr. James Bofill, the odds of having spontaneous quadruplets (in other words, quads conceived without fertility assistance) are 1 in 729,000. To put that even more in perspective, experts estimate there are only 50 to 60 sets of them worldwide.

The "hidden" baby was just the latest surprise in the Fugates' fertility story. After all, the 40-year-old parents were originally surprised to learn they were even pregnant at all. In November, the couple learned they were carrying triplets, and began naming their babies-to-be Kenleigh Rosa, Kristen Sue and Kayleigh Pearl. And even though their fourth baby was a total shock, they apparently had a name ready for her too: Kelsey Roxanne.

The four sisters join big sister, Katelyn, who is now 10 years old and no doubt psyched to have four baby sisters at home to play with.

And as for the Fugates' doctor, who apparently isn't so great at reading ultrasounds?

"I was very embarrassed, obviously," Bofill told CNN. "The news was sent to me by one of my fellows. I thought she was kidding."

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