Mom’s told one of her quadruplets is dying in womb—then, doctors give her two hard choices Mom’s told one of her quadruplets is dying in womb—then, doctors give her two hard choices
Just when a couple was overjoyed to learn they had quadruplets on the way, doctors told them devastating news at 27 weeks into the pregnancy.... Mom’s told one of her quadruplets is dying in womb—then, doctors give her two hard choices

Just when a couple was overjoyed to learn they had quadruplets on the way, doctors told them devastating news at 27 weeks into the pregnancy. They were told to make a decision to let one baby die or risk the lives of all four with a 40 percent chance of survival.

When Ivanna Cardenas and her husband, David Gutierrez, learned they were expecting a child, they were overjoyed. At Cardenas’s first pregnancy ultrasound, doctors told them they had twins, but soon the doctor told them it wasn’t twins, but triplets.

“We believed for five minutes that it was triplets. And then he kept moving the thing and then he said there’s quads. And then we started crying and everybody started yelling,” Gutierrez told CBS. “I thought they were trying to prank me.”

The couple had not used fertility treatments. It’s rare to conceive quadruplets naturally, with only one set being born out of 700,000 births. Although the expecting parents felt it was a blessing to have quadruplets, they also knew the pregnancy would be high risk.


When Cardenas was at 27 weeks into her pregnancy, the doctor at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami found one of the babies seemed to be dying. He asked the couple to make a choice—either continue with the pregnancy and let the baby die in the mom’s belly, or undergo an emergency C-section right away.

“One of the babies is not receiving enough oxygen through the placenta,” Cardenas recalled what the doctor told her. “You need to make the decision right now if you want to keep going with the pregnancy and one of the babies will die in your belly or go ahead and take them out.”

Without hesitation, the parents agreed to deliver the quadruplets at once, even though it meant that they only had a 40 percent chance of survival. After the four babies were born, they were whisked off to the NICU.

But baby Gabriel, the one who wasn’t receiving enough oxygen, was born at just 1 pound 3 ounces (approx. 539 grams), and was having seizures. Worst of all, his oxygen levels kept dropping.

Doctors told the new mom and dad to prepare for the worst.

“He was dying. He started, his color change. He was starting to get white. They told us, we’re going to open the incubator so you can say your last words to him and say goodbye,” said Cardenas.

However, one could say a miracle occurred. With no specific medical explanation provided, Gabriel’s oxygen levels went up and he gradually started to gain weight. Then he was able to go home after spending his first 140 days in the NICU.

“He’s a miracle baby. They all are, but he’s a fighter,” Cardenas said.

The adorable quadruplets, Julian, Sebastian, Francesca, and Gabriel are now 3 years old, and are all happy and healthy children.

Obinna Onyia

  • Anne Stafford

    2018-02-06 #1 Author

    Such a crazy experience but I’m glad to see a happy ending ❤💪🙌

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  • nikka

    2018-02-06 #2 Author

    Godblessyou little Angel,
    let the little Children come to me dont Hinder them for to such belongs to the Kingdom of Heaven

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  • Ashley

    2018-02-06 #3 Author

    Being pregnant with twins and the complications that came with I could only imagine.

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  • Arica Christophe

    2018-02-06 #4 Author

    This had me wanting to get because as a mother it’s like you can feel another mother pain. I dealt with my bestie losing her baby even though she was 7lbs. But they are bless and that was a miracle and nobody but God by the baby side… wish nothing but good luck to the family😙

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  • Terrell

    2018-02-06 #5 Author

    it’s Sad To See Someone Like this when you have a childyourself .

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  • RONI

    2018-02-06 #6 Author

    I have momo twin boys. What a rollercoaster ride! Mine were born 2lbs each. What an amazing story. God bless your quads. You mist be one super mom!!!

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  • Raven Hudson

    2018-02-06 #7 Author

    So glad it was a plot twist and happy ever after. ❤️

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  • Charish Lyn

    2018-02-07 #8 Author

    This is really one of God’s wonderful doings. Miracle do exist, what a miracle baby indeed. As a mother, I feel so amazed and happy knowing that the baby survived. I am blessed and lucky in giving birth normally for my two kids.

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  • Myrea Wilkins

    2018-02-07 #9 Author

    That is amazing, look at them all grown it 😍

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  • Atongdit

    2018-02-07 #10 Author

    Miracles do really exciting

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