Mother told she would never have children celebrates christening of quadruplet daughters following 25million to one pregnancy
08:49 GMT, 2 July 2012
Having been told at the age of 15 she would never have children, Charlene Medlicott thought her dreams of starting a family were over.
But two sets of twins later, the 20-year-old has defied doctors and beaten twenty five million-to-one odds to give birth to quadruplets.
The gorgeous girls, Evelynn, Gracie-Lou, Rosaline and Amalia-Rose Connaughton, are six months old and have been christened in a heartwarming ceremony in their hometown of Telford, Shropshire.
Mark Connaughton, 26, and Charlene Medlicott, 20, with their miracle quadruplets Evelynn, Rosaline, Gracie-Lou, Amalia-Rose
Charlene Medlicott, who suffers from polycystic ovaries, was told at 15 she would never have children
Remarkably, all four were conceived naturally in a quadruplet pregnancy considered to be very rare and potentially very dangerous.
Their mother had been diagnosed with suffering from polycystic ovaries as a teenager and been told she would never give birth.
Charlene's condition restricts ovulation and, doctors told her, dramatically lowered the odds of her becoming pregnant to almost zero.
And upon discovering she was pregnant
with quadruplets, doctors advised the 20-year-old to abort two of them
to give the other two a better chance of survival.
The gorgeous girls, Evelynn, Gracie-Lou, Rosaline and Amalia-Rose Connaughton, are now six months old
The girls wore identical gowns for the christening – but different hairbands so the vicar could tell them apart
Charlene Medlicott, 20, has said that, so far, the miracle quadruplets are hardly any trouble at all
Charlene battled against the odds, however, and more than 100 friends and family turned up to see the babies christened at the Shropshire ceremony.
Proud parents Charlene Medlicott, 20, and Mark Connaughton, 26, dressed their daughters in identical traditional christening gowns, with their own style hairbands to tell them all apart.
The christening at St Michael's Church in Madeley, West Midlands, comes as the couple plan to marry, after being engaged since 2010.
And now they have four beautiful bridesmaids already to hand for the ceremony.
Father Mark, said the birth of their
four daughters caught the couple completely by surprise: 'It was a big
shock to the system.
'To find out you're having one is enough of a surprise, but four is very different.'
The girls wore unique hairbands so that Reverend Rosemary Freeman, centre, could tell them apart
The quadruplets have beaten twenty-five-million-to-one odds, according to doctors
Evelynn Lillian Julie and her twin Rosaline Anita Mae were born prematurely in the same delivery as Gracie-Lou Anne and her twin Amalia-Rose Rachael last December.
The quadruplets spent several weeks in neo-natal care before their parents were allowed to take them home.
And Charlene has said that all four of the miracle babies are hardly any trouble: 'We have learned to deal with them very well – they are all very well behaved babies.
'They cry when they want something but then they just go back to sleep.'
She accepted, however, that she is likely to have her hands full as the baby girls grow up: 'You can tell they will argue when they are older – they already have little tiffs to get more attention.'