According to Lauren Perkins, the desire to be a mother was a dream.
After a difficult year in which their attempts at conception failed, she and her husband, David, went on vacation to Nicaragua.
During the vacation, they continued to seek a solution to their problem by seeking advice from friends.
One of these friends, a priest, responded calmly: “Someone out there has big plans for you. I don’t know what it is, but it will be fantastic!”
After the vacation in Nicaragua, the couple returned to Texas, and Lauren forgot the priest’s words. The couple decided on artificial insemination, and Lauren became pregnant.
Already in the first examination, the hCG level was too high, indicating multiple pregnancies. The couple was thrilled at the thought of having two, or maybe three children.
They had dreamed of a child for so long that they considered it a reward. According to the ultrasound results, the doctor suggested there were 5 children.
While Lauren was in shock, the doctor re-examined her and said she was wrong: there were six children.
Doctors explained that with artificial insemination, the likelihood of all the children being born alive and healthy was incredibly small.
Lauren and David had to make a difficult decision.
They thought about it for a long time, but in the end, the couple decided to give all six children a chance.
Doctors promised to do everything possible to keep all the children safe. On April 23, 2012, 35 employees gathered in the maternity ward.
All the medical staff, as well as the parents themselves, were excited about the impending birth. But the delivery went quickly.
Only 4 minutes later, Levi, Allison, Leah, Andrew, Benjamin, and Caroline were born. Each child weighed no more than a kilogram.
The mother was immediately shown her children and allowed to touch them with her fingers.
For several weeks, the children stayed in the hospital under the doctors’ supervision. Gradually, their conditions stabilized.
After 4 months, five of them were with their parents. Only little Leah had to spend a few more weeks in the hospital, as her brain did not have enough time to develop in the womb. Lauren was very grateful to the doctors for her happiness.