Mum Was Told She Was Probably ɪɴFᴇʀᴛɪʟᴇ Becomes Bʀɪᴛᴀɪɴ’s ʏᴏᴜɴɢᴇsᴛ Mother Of Identical NATURAL Quadruplets
A 22-year-old woman who was told by doctors she would never get pregnant naturally has revealed her joy at being Bʀɪᴛᴀɪɴ’s ʏᴏᴜɴɢᴇsᴛ mother of ɪᴅᴇɴᴛɪᴄᴀʟ ǫᴜᴀᴅʀᴜᴘʟᴇᴛs.
Charlene Medlicott defied 25 million-to-one odds when she gave birth to four girls two years ago. She had previously been ᴡᴀʀɴᴇᴅ she would probably never have a family without I.V.F ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ. So Ms Medlicott was sᴛᴜɴɴᴇᴅ ᴡʜᴇɴ sʜᴇ ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇᴅ ɴᴀᴛᴜʀᴀʟʟʏ and was told she was carrying four babies.
On December 11, 2011 she gave birth to 3lbs 6oz Gracie-Lou, 3lbs 4oz Rosaline, 2lbs 9oz Amalia-Rose and 2lbs 6oz Eveylynn. Doctors initially believed she had two sets of identical twins but after the girls’ father, Mark, sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟᴇᴅ to tell his daughters ᴀᴘᴀʀᴛ DNA ᴇᴠɪᴅᴇɴᴄᴇ ʀᴇᴠᴇᴀʟᴇᴅ ᴀʟʟ Fᴏᴜʀ ɢɪʀʟs ᴀʀᴇ ɪᴅᴇɴᴛɪᴄᴀʟ.
We paid to have the DNA ᴛᴇsᴛs done because I was noticing they all looked so alike and Mark was sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟɪɴɢ to tell them apart.
‘We got the results last week which showed the girls are all identical. After looking on the internet the only other youngest mum of identical quadruplets was 27. I was 19 when I carried them and 20 when I had them. I’m sure I must be the youngest.’
Ms Medlicott was ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴘᴏʟʏᴄʏsᴛɪᴄ ᴏᴠᴀʀɪᴇs when she was 15. The ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ ʀᴇsᴛʀɪᴄᴛs ᴏᴠᴜʟᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴅʀᴀᴍᴀᴛɪᴄᴀʟʟʏ ʀᴇᴅᴜᴄɪɴɢ ᴀ ᴡᴏᴍᴀɴ’s ᴄʜᴀɴᴄᴇs of becoming pregnant.
But five years later she sᴛᴜɴɴᴇᴅ doctors when she ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇᴅ ɴᴀᴛᴜʀᴀʟʟʏ ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀs ᴅᴜᴍʙFᴏᴜɴᴅᴇᴅ ᴡʜᴇɴ sʜᴇ ᴅɪsᴄᴏᴠᴇʀᴇᴅ sʜᴇ ᴡᴀs ᴇxᴘᴇᴄᴛɪɴɢ four girls. Worried doctors advised her to ᴀʙᴏʀᴛtwo of her babies over ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇʀɴs ᴀʟʟ Fᴏᴜʀ ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟᴇ ᴛᴏ sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴏᴍʙ. But she refused and today she has four identical healthy baby girls.
She said: ‘I never expected to fall pregnant so it was a real surprise when I was told I was expecting. When the doctors said I should ᴀʙᴏʀᴛtwo of the babies I was ᴅᴇᴠᴀsᴛᴀᴛᴇᴅ. I said “No, just no”.
‘The labour was fine up until 24 weeks when I was admitted to hospital I don’t really remember the labour which was when I was 30 weeks, I just remember seeing three head. We gone all home eight weeks later. Luckily the girls have always been really good and have always had a good routine. As they got older we realised how similar they all looked but we had always been told by the doctors they were two pairs of twins.’