Obstetrics: Wide Awake for Quads

The chance that any woman will give birth to live, healthy quadruplets is about one in 2,500,000. So when X rays showed that Barbara Axe, 26, was carrying quads, she felt challenged. She told her obstetrician: "I'm snoopy. If you're likely to make medical history, it would be nice to see it." Last week she made it and saw it.

Husband Philip, advertising promotion man for the Lima (Ohio) Citizen, was taking a nap when Barbara felt the bag of waters break. A registered nurse and already mother of three, she calmly phoned for an ambulance before awakening her husband....

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