Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Four home, one to go: Texas missionaries’ quintuplets improving after premature arrival in Dallas

Staff Writer
Published: 23 November 2012 09:53 PM 

They’re getting by with a lot of help from their friends.
That’s how Carrie and Gavin Jones sum up their life since the missionaries’ quintuplets were born more than three months ago at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
“It’s been quite a road,” Carrie Jones said this week as she prepared to bring the fourth of the premature newborns home from the hospital. “But God has been very faithful.”
The infants, born on Aug. 9, are not out of the woods yet, doctors say. But all the babies are gaining weight and steadily overcoming issues commonly associated with preemies, including respiratory and digestive problems.
They weighed 1 pound, 12 ounces to 2 pounds at birth. But now, the smallest quintuplet, Grace, weighs 7 pounds, and the biggest, Will, tops the scale at 10 pounds, 6 ounces.
Only one, Seth, remains hospitalized in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, where his persistent breathing troubles are being treated. He now weighs 8 pounds, 3 ounces.
“He’s doing a ton better,” Carrie Jones said, “but it’s still a long row to hoe.”
The quintuplets were among the first born in the U.S. this year and the first ever at St. Paul University Hospital, a part of UT Southwestern. The medical team quickly grew close to the Jones family.
“The nurses have bonded with them,” said Dr. Gary Burgess, medical director of St. Paul’s neonatal ICU. “It’s been great.”
Charting the progress of the quintuplets has been “a wonderful experiment,” too, Burgess said.
“I think they’re doing very well,” he said.



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