Meryl Ferraro Delivers Quintuplets Despite Advice to Reduce Fetuses She Was Carrying

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Momma Meryl
Fertility treatments brought John and Meryl Ferraro of Fullerton their now-2-year-old daughter, so when the couple decided to give her a sibling they against turned to fertility doctors. But after being advised in Southern California to reduce the number of fetuses the 39-year-old mother was carrying (five), the couple did some research online and found Dr. John Elliott, who helped them deliver quintuplets in Mesa, Arizona, last week.

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Momma Meryl at 24 weeks
The Sept. 26 births at Banner Desert Medical Center required a team of 15 nurses, a nurse practitioner, five respiratory therapists and eight other doctors to help Elliott bring Gabrielle, boy Riley, girl Addison, boy Cooper and girl Emerson (known collectively as GRACE for their first initials) into the world. And that better than anything sums up the challenge of modern healthcare: balancing costs, liability and patient safety with the wishes of Christian couples like the Ferraros who equate "reducing fetuses" with murder.

"We decided it was not our place to choose which of our babies would live and which one would die," they explain on the background page of their blog, socalquints.com. "If God was giving us five babies, there was a reason. We made a decision to see them as a precious blessing from God above and not as burdens we needed to eliminate."

Yup, God works in mysterious ways, including through a test tube. The Ferraros are confident others out there feel the same way--and are willing to help them through their blog's solicitations for donations, volunteer help and buyers of skin care products Meryl sells out her home.

The family plans to resume their lives in Fullerton soon. You're welcome, neighbors!

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949girl
949girl topcommenter

"God works in mysterious ways, including through a test tube"...I couldn't agree with you more.  I don't think there is anything wrong with using fertility drugs/treatments to conceive but please don't say that God helped you, science did. 

 

I think that it is a little selfish to bring 5 kids in to the world at once and solicit help.  I hope all 5 kids are healthy but it seems like a big risk to take in terms of their health and finances.

OCWeekly
OCWeekly

@Cloudryda Gracias for rt!

BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

Probably vote Republican, it's OK for them to have all the (likely) disabled kids that society will have to support for them, but they can't pay their share of support for the national infrastructure.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

Are we going to get months of mocking 'quinto-mom' posts? 

momof2girls
momof2girls

 @949girl Science aside, it wouldn't have happened if God didn't want it to.  So yeah, God helped, and every one of those babies are miracles. 

BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

 @momof2girls  @949girl

 It's like saying skyscrapers stand up because God wants them to. Um, yah, well, OK.

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