Oldest UK grandma becomes oldest mum of quadruplets
Oldest UK grandma becomes oldest mum of quadruplets

A team of 35 medics delivered the IVF tots — three girls and a boy — defying million-to-one odds.

All were doing well in hospital. Gran-of-eight Tracey, of London, said: “I’m so grateful. I just can’t wait to get them home.”

The 50-year-old became Britain’s oldest mum of quads when the babies arrived via caesarean last month at 31 weeks.

The three girls and one boy were taken to intensive care where they were kept alive via breathing tubes and fed through drips.

Tracey, who has three grown-up kids and eight grandchildren, said: “It’s been a whirlwind and I’m so grateful. One of the quads has had so many tubes around her that I haven’t seen her face properly.

“The babies have not all been together yet, each hooked up to different machines.”

She added: “I only wanted one child and was blessed with four. It’s a miracle. I didn’t realise we’ve made history. I was told they simply couldn’t pull through at my age.”

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After their birth on October 26, Tracey was told they would not be allowed home until January 2 — her original due date.

But all four are making such good progress that has dared to dream they could all be in her three-bed property by Christmas.

Tracey said: I can’t wait to get them home and start bonding with my special bundles of joy.”

The Sun revealed in September that Tracey was carrying the quads after spending £7,000 on IVF at a clinic in Cyprus.

But at her 30-week scan on October 19 doctors realised one baby was struggling with blood flow — and warned that it could put the other three in jeopardy.

Tracey was admitted to London’s University College Hospital and a mammoth medical operation swung into action.

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Former drugs counsellor Tracey said: “My husband asked me if I was scared. I said, ‘No, I just want a cup of tea’.

“There were 35 incredible medical staff in the room. I owe them everything.

The first baby, a girl, arrived at 10.03am on October 26 with dark hair and weighing 2lb 20z.

She is a “feisty little raver” and “hasn’t stopped kicking”, her mum said.

The second — the identical twin of the first — was born a minute later weighing 1lb 15oz and was described as a “little fighter”. Tracey said: “The first two babies were rushed out that quickly I didn’t have time to see them.”

Quad three was born at 10.05am at 2lb 7oz and was described as the “strongest of the girls with a ravenous appetite”.

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The trio’s brother and final quad was delivered at 10.07am at 3lb 10oz. Tracey said he was “so chunky and looks massive compared to the others”, adding: “He’s so happy.”

“The quads were all out sharpish. Each baby was immediately taken away and placed in an incubator.

“It was a surreal experience. I was trying to take it all in.”

Tracey was on a recovery ward until 11.30pm when they wheeled her up to see her babies in the ICU.

She said: “It was so emotional. I was crying my eyes out. I looked at them and couldn’t believe they’d fitted in me. I didn’t get to hold my babies or hug them for a week. I was so happy but desperate to give them a cuddle. It still hasn’t sunk in.”

All four have since been moved to another hospital in London.

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