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Quadruplets born in Tupelo

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Updated: 12/25/2013 11:10 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA)-- A New Albany couple received a Christmas gift that they will never forget. 

On Monday, Veronica Hernandez gave birth to quadruplets: two boys and two girls.

"We're very excited to have them, and they're all doing good. So, we're very happy about that," said Veronica Hernandez.

Veronica and Helias Hernandez are extremely happy following the delivery of their quadruplets.

The girls are named Allyson Sophia and Ashley Marie; and the boys are Alexander Ivan and Anthony Ricardo.

They were born at 25 weeks. 

"Before, it was going to be triplets. Then a couple of weeks ago, November they found another baby," she explained. 

The girls weigh just over one pound a piece, and the boys are just over two pounds.

Veronica is no stranger to childbirth because she has two older children, but she says carrying quads was a little scary.

"Them moving around inside was very different than having just a single birth. And, you're scared to death you're going to do something to hurt them or make you go in labor," she continued.

Veronica says her family is up to the challenge of changing diapers and finding daycare. 

"I don't know. It'll work out. Somehow or another, it'll work its way out. I don't know how, but it will," said Hernandez.

It appears that perhaps the stars were aligned for these four babies because the doctor has only worked at the hospital for five months. 

"I'm proud that I delivered these babies," said Dr. Leo Bautista. And, this may be the only quads that I will have in my career...After they were delivered, they were of course premature, but they did very well after they were delivered." 

Bautista said everything looks pretty good right now if the babies can make it to 34 weeks without complications.
 
"This is our Christmas present for sure," smiled Veronica.

The mother adds that the two girls are most likely identical twins and the boys are fraternal.

The father, Helias Hernandez, is also a twin. 
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