When one woman discovered that she was pregnant with twins, she and her partner were over the moon. And when her belly started to expand, she just thought it was because she was carrying two babies. However, a further ultrasound revealed that she was hiding a secret.
Danielle Thrasher and Joseph Odom, from Noblesville, Indiana, had been a couple for some time and were saving to get married. In the meantime, though, both of them were working hard to build their perfect life together.
Thrasher was particularly busy, as she was keeping up with her full-time studies and holding down a job in childcare. However, her real dream was to become a mom. So in 2015, she and Odom began trying for a baby. But their road to parenthood would not be easy.
In fact, the couple struggled to conceive in the two years that followed. They had also taken multiple pregnancy tests and were becoming tired of getting their hopes up only to be met with negative results. However, their luck changed in March 2017.
That’s when Thrasher and Odom’s prayers were finally answered, and the couple discovered that they were finally pregnant. Luckily, the parents-to-be already had everything planned out. For instance, they would raise their baby in their one-bedroom apartment for now, and the new SUV that they had just taken a loan out on would come in handy for ferrying the child around.
But two weeks after discovering that they were expecting, Thrasher began suffering abdominal pain. And after six weeks, the pain had still not subsided. So doctors performed an emergency ultrasound scan on Thrasher. And that’s when the expectant parents received some unexpected news.
You see, the couple weren’t welcoming one baby but two. Yes, doctors explained that Thrasher was pregnant with twins. The news delighted the excited mom and dad and didn’t in truth come as much of a surprise. After all, twins ran in both of their families, and Thrasher’s brothers are twins.
Since multiple births tend to make pregnancies riskier, though, her doctors asked Thrasher to return for a check-up one week later. However, it appeared her first scan hadn’t uncovered the whole picture. And after another thorough examination, doctors broke the news that the couple were actually expecting triplets.
This time around, the news came as a complete shock to both parents. Yet it was Odom who had the most difficult time getting his head around it. “It took him a good solid month to process all that,” Thrasher revealed to Daily Mail Online in September 2017.
So Thrasher and Odom were probably just coming to terms with the prospect of having triplets when another surprise came to light. This time, the couple had returned to hospital for their routine three-month scan when the sonographer started to look confused. It seemed she had found something else unexpected.
“I asked her what was wrong and she stated to us, ‘I hate to tell you this, but you are carrying FOUR babies,’” Thrasher revealed on GoFundMe. “I turned to Joseph and stammered, ‘How are we going to do this?’ His response was so quick that I felt so reassured. ‘What’s one more baby, honey? We will do this together!’”
Yes, the ultrasound had picked up a fourth baby hiding behind its mom’s belly button. However, the discovery was not a welcome one for everyone – especially Thrasher’s doctors. According to them, the couple’s quadruplets had just a 40 percent chance of survival.
As a result, doctors advised Thrasher and Odom to opt for a “selective reduction.” This would mean reducing the number of fetuses so that Thrasher was carrying just two babies. By doing so, doctors believed they could ensure a healthy pregnancy for both the mother and her babies.
However, the couple simply could not reduce their quadruplets. So they told their doctors that they did not want the procedure. “The nurse questioned me several times, and I didn’t back down,” Thrasher revealed. “We were ready to let God take charge.”
So Thrasher and Odom started to prepare themselves to become the parents of rare quadruplets. They had been given between a one in 500,000 and a one in 700,000 chance of conceiving them naturally. With that in mind, the couple felt extremely blessed.
Thankfully, Thrasher’s pregnancy went as smoothly as could be expected for quads. Her body expanded quickly and by 23 weeks she was too large to continue her job. But apart from that, she was healthy and hopeful that she could carry her babies up until the 30-week mark.
In the end, however, her doctors discovered that she was suffering from pre-eclampsia and high blood pressure, and Thrasher gave birth at 27 weeks in August 2017. She had four girls – Zoey, Lyla, Arya and Maya – and none of them weighed more than three pounds.
Because they were tiny, the babies would have to stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for more than a month. And while the quadruplets focused on building up their strength, their parents were adjusting to the practicalities of living life as a family of six. “We have just kind of limited everything we used to do,” Thrasher told the Indy Star in September 2017. “With one, we thought we could do that and still be okay. With four, we really are going to try to buckle down.”
To help them pay for their new family, Thrasher set up a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe. On her page, the new mom hoped to raise $10,000 towards the cost of caring for her four girls. She explained that she received no maternity pay, and their home and car were no longer adequate. As a result, Odom was working more than 40 hours each week to cover costs.
So far, the online community has raised more than $2,500 to help Thrasher, Odom, Zoey, Lyla, Arya and Maya. Meanwhile, the girls are continuing their recovery in hospital. Hopefully, they will be strong enough to go home soon, where their parents can shower them with more love than money could ever buy.