Diana Almarbua, a 21-year-old Israeli gave birth to a quadruplet this week in Israel, marking a rare occurrence in Israel and around the world.
The successful delivery of the four babies – 3 boys and a girl – took place at the Sheba Medical Center’s Edmond and Lily Safra Children’s Hospital. Spontaneous conception of quadruplets is not common, estimated at only 1 pregnancy out every 700,000. Thus, most cases are due to in vitro fertilization and other fertility-enhancing techniques.
Nadav Al-Marbua with his four children after his wife Diana gave birth
“We experienced a miracle,” Diana said following the ordeal. Her husband, 25-year-old Nadav, agreed. “They were born in the 32nd week of the pregnancy, and weigh between 2 and 3 pounds; they are in stable condition, and they being treated and connected to ventilators at the premature baby ward,” the mother said.
She said that she was surprised to learn that she had quadruplets halfway through the pregnancy, but this feeling was quickly replaced by a feeling of being “blessed.” She said that upon giving birth this week, “I heard them crying I cried with them, and then I realized that it’s all worth it, it’s a feeling that no words can describe.”
Dr. Chava Rosen, from Sheba’s Department of Neonatology, told Israel Hayom that the delivery was handled by a 10-member team at the neonatal intensive care unit and that “within one hour all four were in an incubator.”
Published April 15, 2022, IsraelHayom