For the first time since 2008, a set of quadruplets were born at Nebraska Medicine.
On Feb. 23, Shalee and Andy McCarter of Overton welcomed the four babies, who are now at home with their parents and 10-year-old sister Elle after spending nearly a month in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit.
Before being able to leave the NICU all four babies passed certain developmental skills including gaining weight, eating by mouth and not pausing while breathing. Two of them went home on March 19 and the other two followed on March 20 and March 22. In total, the quadruplets weighed 18 pounds.
"Everything was flawless," said medical director of Nebraska Medicine's NICU Ann Anderson-Berry. "We worked together as a team and the four babies had wonderful outcomes. They're growing and thriving, you couldn't ask for a cuter set of three brothers and their sister. This family was a pleasure to take care of."
The babies were born at 34 weeks, which was the goal of doctors when Shalee was flown in for around-the-clock medical care after 26 weeks.
"We wouldn't have gotten this far without them," Shalee said of her experience at Nebraska Medicine. "They're an amazing, caring team of people and we got know them all so well. There wasn't a day or hour that went by that some nurse or doctor didn't stop in the room to see if we needed anything."
The quadruplets names are Jack, Emmett, Blakelee and Beau.
"We're so excited to have everyone at home and just be a family. Elle is especially thrilled to have a baby sister, she already says Blakelee is her best friend," Shalee said. "The whole experience went by so fast and the babies are already growing sso fast. We're blessed everyone is happy and healthy."