After having miraculous quadruplets, a couple who were told they would never be able to have children now have five.
After years of unsuccessful fertility treatments, Selina Torbett, 28, and Kev Ashe, 35, had their first child, Myla, through IVF, but with only two frozen eggs left, they were desperate to give her a sibling.
Myla, who is now three, has her hands full playing with her little sister and her ɪᴅᴇɴᴛɪᴄᴀʟ triplet brothers, one of whom split into three parts thanks to the two “last chance” eggs.
Selina, a hospital ward sister, never had periods and had endometriosis and polycystic ovaries, so she was constantly concerned about her fertility.
Her doctors forewarned her that she would probably go through early menopause and would never become Pʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ naturally.
Selina and Kev were advised by doctors to abort the quadruplets due to the high danger of Mɪꜱᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇꜱ early Dᴇʟɪᴠᴇʀʏ, and other difficulties, but they were determined to give their children the best opportunity possible.
When Selina was barely 19 years old, she met decorator Kev in a neighborhood pub. Two years later, they began trying for a child after Selina’s doctor advised her to get started as soon as possible.
Selina was eventually permitted to receive IVF therapy through the NHS after three years of negative pregnancy tests and procedures including ovarian drilling, which involves making holes in the ovaries to encourage egg release.
All of those techniques were being used by us, but nothing was successful. It was a very rough moment. Our desire for a family was mutual.
We felt frantic to have children because everyone else around us seemed to be having them. We did discuss adoption and fostering during the time when none of these things were succeeding because I was afraid we would never be parents.
We decided to try IVF, but back then, to receive it through the NHS, you had to be at least 31 years old. We went into our IVF procedure believing it wouldn’t work, but it was successful the first time.
Just three frozen eggs remained, so the couple underwent two more years of infertility therapy while squandering their money for a mortgage on the pricey procedure.
The pair had to save money every time they wanted to try again because each IVF procedure cost roughly £3,000.
When what would be Selina’s final pregnancy test revealed a positive result, the couple was overjoyed. However, Selina was bleeding heavily and was afraid she may misCᴀʀʀʏ, so she asked a coworker at the hospital where she worked to scan the baby at five weeks.
Selina and Kev went back to the fertility center two weeks later for the formal scan. When the sonographer saw four healthy heartBᴇᴀᴛs, they were sʜᴏᴄᴋed and happy.
ROᴍᴀɴ, Austin, and Arlo, the three Bᴏʏs Selina characterize as “chilled out,” and their little sister Raya, who still wears clothing meant for a three-month-old baby, is about to celebrate their first birthdays.
The parents intend to have a family BBQ to commemorate their miraculous quadruplets and are hoping to relocate to a larger home before the big day.