- Tracey Britten, 55, became Britain’s oldest quadruplets mother five years ago
Britain’s oldest mother of quadruplets has revealed how doctors told her to abort two of her babies in order to save the other two as the miracle siblings turn five today.
Tracey Britten, 55, gave birth to four of her seven children within four minutes after they arrived via caesarean section in 2018.
As they turn five years old today Ms Britten has told how the ‘best and bravest’ decision of her life was to hold her nerve and ignore doctors who wanted her to slim down her pregnancy to just two babies to increase their chance of survival.
‘Something told me to stay strong and try to deliver four miracles,’ she told the Sun.
‘And here they are — cheeky, tiring, wonderful bundles of happiness and they’ve made it to five. I’m the luckiest mum in the world.’
Tracey Britten, 55, gave birth to four of her seven children within four minutes after they arrived via caesarean section in 2018
George, identical twins Francesca and Fredrica and sister Grace at Haven Marton Mere Holiday Village, Blackpool, when they were aged one
The grandmother of ten wanted children with her husband Stephen alongside the three she already had from a previous marriage, so travelled to Cyprus to have IVF at the cost of £7,000.
The couple were hoping for just one baby – but that wasn’t how events turned out.
Three eggs successfully implanted, and when one split into identical twins she received the shocking news she was expecting four children at once.
When the sonographer conducting the first scan told her she was expecting quads, Tracey burst into tears, asking: ‘How am I going to cope?’
Speaking on the eve of their fifth birthday, Ms Britten said doctors advised her to ‘selectively abort’ her twins in order to give the other two babies a better change of survival.
But after speaking with family members and experts in the UK and the US, she felt reassured she could have all four babies safely.
It wasn’t a straightforward pregnancy, however: at 30 weeks a scan revealed that one baby was struggling with blood flow, and she was rushed into London’s University College Hospital.
Twins Francesca, Frederica, daughter Grace and son George weighed between 1lb 15oz and 3lb 10oz when they were born on October 26, 2018.
She now says a day doesn’t go by where she doesn’t wonder at how her ‘angels’ are all fit and healthy.
The grandmother of ten wanted children with her husband Stephen alongside the three she already had from a previous marriage, so travelled to Cyprus to have IVF at the cost of £7,000
She and her roofer husband, 43, say they are the happiest they have ever been after recently moving into a three-bedroom house in Enfield, north London.
Earlier this year they spent five nightmare months living in a Travelodge after the property they rented was suddenly sold and the local council could not find any immediate accommodation for them.
The couple say each of their four children already has their own personality, with Grace keen to mother them all and Francesca revelling in a ‘wicked’ sense of humour.
Frederica enjoys being the baby of the group while George enjoys playing his own games away from his noisy sisters.
To celebrate their big day, Ms Britten is taking the whole family on a holiday to Blackpool and organising a big family get-together.
She has a total of seven children, aged five to 37 years old, and ten grandchildren, aged 18 months to 16.
Ms Britten told the paper: ‘We’re certainly not a conventional family but we’re a very happy one.’