A Utah couple was shocked to learn they were having quadruplets after eight years trying to conceive.
Ashley and Tyson Gardner discovered in July that their first in-vitro fertilization (IVF) attempt was not only successful, but she was pregnant with quadruplets, KTLA reports.
IVF is a procedure in which an egg and sperm are manually combined in a laboratory dish, and then transferring the embryo to the uterus, according to the American Pregnancy Association.
The couple became an Internet sensation after a friend, Alicia Hallock, who was at the ultrasound, captured their priceless reaction to the incredible news and posted it on social media. A BabyCenter story on the photos was shared 2,600 times on Facebook, with over 15,000 likes.
In an interview with CNN, the couple said they had been trying for eight years to get pregnant and tried everything, including medications, surgeries and dieting.
“I couldn’t think straight! I had never been so excited and terrified in the same instant,” Gardner said via email. “We waited so long to have babies so we were so happy… But at that time we literally had NEVER even thought once about this being a possibility. We didn’t know anything about having quads and the risks that go with it.”
She added: “The chances of even getting one to stick was 40%. To have both stick and both split… well, that’s a 1 in 70 million chance! It was meant to be!”
The babies are due to be born in December.
Image Credit: Alicia Hallock
Video Source: Gardner Quad Squad/YouTube