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A set of quintuplets born last Thursday were documented in stable condition after being born to missionaries Carrie and Gavin Jones at Dallas UT Southwestern Medical Center.
A team of more than 50 specialists, nurses, therapists and technicians assisted Santiago-Munoz, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, in the deliver of the siblings.
Medical teams planned for the births for months, handing out pagers to staff and even creating a special “Code 5″ situation with a special color-coded system to match each baby with his or her needed supplies. Weekly drills were held to prepare for the births, the hospital said.
Each sibling was assigned his or her own medical team, the hospital said, including a neonatologist, neonatal nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and radiology technicians.
“The infants are doing as expected for quintuplets born at 27 weeks,” said Dr. Gary Burgess, medical director of the NICU.
While they are in stable condition, the three boys and two girls- Will Edward, David Stephen, Marcie Jane, Seth Jared, and Grace Elise- likely will remain hospitalized for several months until they reach weight, post-birth age and health markers.
“We have been blown away by the outpouring of prayers and support for us through this unexpected journey,” Gavin Jones said in a statement. “We are especially grateful to the team of professionals at UTSW who have gone beyond the call of duty in preparing for the babies and caring for Carrie. They have been amazing.”
On average, about 12 sets of quintuplets are born each year, according to the hospital. In 2009, the CDC recorded 16 sets.