January 7, 2003

UCSD Hits For the Cycle
With "Multiple Multiple" New Year's Births

It's one thing for a hospital obstetrics team to deliver one set of multiple babies on a given day but to deliver a numerical succession of multiple births in a fifteen-hour period defies even Lotto odds.

Infant Special Care Center personnel checks one of the newborns, while a local media cameraman records the story of the "Cycle". 

At approximately 8:30 p.m. on January 1st, a four-pound boy was delivered. The next morning at 7 a.m. the team delivered a set of twins. A couple of hours later, triplets emerged, and three hours later, a set of quadruplets was born. All small and premature, the ten children were taken to the Infant Special Care Center for individualized care.

When Dr. Brian Lane, a UCSD neonatology fellow who assisted in stabilization of the numerous births realized what was happening he remarked, "we just hit for the cycle," referring to the rare occurrence when a baseball player hits a single, double, triple and home run all in the same game.

Linda Levy, R.N., Director of UCSD's Women and Infant Services said "In my 27 years at this hospital I've never seen this happen. It's pretty exciting." Levy said the hospital has never delivered so many multiple births in sequential succession in such a short period of time. She added that all the children are doing very well and are already breathing on their own, no small feat for tiny babies born between two and three pounds. "It is a great testament to the teamwork among the Women and Infant Services healthcare team," she said.

New quadruplet father, Warren Lovell shares a special moment with one of his babies

Each year UCSD Medical Center delivers approximately 3,000 babies a year, about six to eight births per day. As referral center for high-risk pregnancy cases, UCSD admits about 25% of its newborns into the Infant Special Care Center for specialized follow-up due to prematurity and other complications.

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News Media Contact:
Jeffree Itrich

UCSD Health Sciences Communications HealthBeat: http://health.ucsd.edu/news/

Happy New Year to all our new little patients!