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Health & Medicine Two Sets of Identical Twin Boys Born to Texas Couple: 1 in 70M Occurrence

Two Sets of Identical Twin Boys Born to Texas Couple: 1 in 70M Occurrence

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First Posted: Feb 19, 2013 06:05 AM EST
Two Sets of Identical Twin Boys Born to Texas Couple: 1 in 70 Million
36-year-old Tressa Montalvo and 43-year-old Manuel Montalvo who were trying to give their two-and-a-half year old son a sister gave him four brothers on Valentine’s Day. (Photo : Reuters)

Many couples who are trying to conceive hope to have twins. They really wonder if it is possible to plan for twins. But for this Texas couple, it all came as an infinite bundle of surprises.

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36-year-old Tressa Montalvo and 43-year-old Manuel Montalvo, who were trying to give their 2-and-a-half year old son a sister, gave him four brothers on Valentine's Day.

Beating all odds, the wife delivered four boys within moments of each other with the help of a Cesarean section. The couple has two sets of identical twins, in which two boys shared one placenta and the other two shared another placenta.

Delivered at 31 weeks by Dr. Joanie Hare of Houston Perinatal Associates at The Woman's Hospital of Texas, the first set of twins Ace and Blaine were born at 8:51 a.m., weighing 3 lbs., 10 oz., and 3 lbs., 15 oz. And the second set of twins Cash and Dylan were born after a minute at 8:52 a.m., weighing 2 lbs., 15 oz., and 3 lbs., 6 oz.

"We tried to stick to the A-B-C-D theme when naming them. We didn't expect it, we were trying for just one and we were blessed with four. No fertility drugs were used. We planned the pregnancy-I guess we just succeeded a little too much!"  Tressa said in a press statement.

It was during the 10th week of Tressa's pregnancy that the physician had detected the presence of twins, and on the subsequent visit the heartbeat of the third child was detected. After this, the couple was referred to Dr. Brian Kirshon, a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist at The Woman's Hospital of Texas.

They were extremely surprised when Dr. Kirshon informed them that they were going to have four babies and that they were two sets of identical twins, says Manuel.

Such an occurrence of identical twins is 1 in 70 million.

The babies and the mother are provided complete care by the physicians, nurses and staff, reports hospital CEO Linda Russell.

But the Texas couple is not done yet, as Manuel wants a baby girl. What is it going to be next? Another set of twins?

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