On behalf of the interdisciplinary maternal and newborn teams at Texas Children’s Hospital and Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, I’m excited to announce that Leah Perkins, the final and smallest of the Perkins sextuplets born in April, was discharged yesterday and joined her 5 new brothers and sisters at home.
The sextuplets, Andrew Noah, Benjamin Luke, Levi Thomas, Allison Kate, Caroline Grace and Leah Michelle, weighed between 1 pound 10 ounces and 2 pounds 15 ounces at birth and today weigh between 8 lb 3 oz to 13 lb 5 oz. The NICU stays for the sextuplets ranged from a 5 ½ weeks for Benjamin and Caroline who came home first to 4 ½ months for Leah whose digestive issues required two surgeries during her time at the hospital. They are all doing well at home and growing as expected for babies born at 30 weeks gestation.
Amazingly, Leah’s exit coincides with the birth of quintuplets at the Pavilion for Women, born to Lake Charles, LA residents Sarah and Bruce Plauche’.
The Plauche’ quintuplets are all critical but stable and doing really well, especially for babies born at 28 weeks. A crucial aspect of achieving the best outcomes for our patients is to conduct simulations to prepare for the births of high-order multiples. The good news is that the doctors and nurses at the Pavilion for Women have been delivering and caring for premature and critically-ill babies for more than 50 years and complex cases, such as this one, are exactly why the Pavilion for Women was created – to have an experienced team and state-of-the-art facility ready to handle the most high-risk births.
We are glad we could be here for the Perkins and Plauche’ families.
Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women is designed to care for a woman throughout her life and offers a full range of obstetrical and gynecological services, beginning before conception and continuing after delivery. This is just the beginning of the high-risk care we can provide for women, babies and their families going forward.