DALLAS (AP) - For years, Isaac Jones prayed for a baby sister or brother. Now, the 8-year-old son of missionaries has his wish -- five times over.
Carrie Jones delivered quintuplets --three boys and two girls-- by cesarean section at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas on Thursday.
All were in stable condition Monday, and are in neonatal intensive care since they were born prematurely.
"It's an amazing story orchestrated by God," said a shy Isaac at a hospital news conference Monday.
Carrie and Gavin Jones were taking a break from their missionary work in Papua New Guinea so that 35-year-old Gavin, a helicopter pilot, could update his flight training back in the United States. The couple was having trouble conceiving, so Carrie Jones, a 34-year-old health worker, began taking shots to help with ovulation.
On March 9, the Joneses stared in disbelief at an ultrasound monitor with five "little sacks," she said.
"I just started laughing, and when (the technician) said there were five, Gavin joined me, because at that point what can you do?" Carrie Jones said.
Dr. Patricia Santiago-Munoz, who delivered the babies, described the rarity of multiple births.
"Quintuplets are just not meant to happen in the natural world," she said. "Spontaneous quintuplets are super, super rare."
They chose the UT medical center because Carrie's family lives in the Dallas suburb of Duncanville.
More than 50 specialists developed, practiced and executed a plan for delivering the babies. Each infant had its own team of four doctors and an assigned color, which helped keep track of each baby during the delivery. The team even designed a code name -- CODE 5 -- for when Carrie's water broke.
The quintuplets were all born within five minutes, weighing between 1 pound, 12 ounces and 2 pounds, 11 ounces. The infants -- Will Edward, David Stephen, Marcie Jane, Seth Jared and Grace Elise -- were named for Biblical figures or family members.
The babies are doing as well as expected for quintuplets born at 27 weeks' gestation, said Dr. Gary Burgess, neonatal intensive care medical director at St. Paul Hospital on the UT Southwestern medical campus.
They will remain in the neonatal intensive care unit for the next several months until they reach certain health markers, he said.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest record shows 80 quintuplets or higher-order multiple births in 2009. The CDC does not have birth statistics for 2012.
This set of quintuplets is the third delivered by UT Southwestern specialists in the past 40 years, according to hospital officials.
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