Carla and Paul Crozier – The couple decision to take out an £8,000 ʟᴏᴀɴ for one Fɪɴᴀʟ ⒾⓋⒻ ɢᴀᴍʙʟᴇ. And the sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ pair have ended up 70 million to one ᴡɪɴɴᴇʀs, with four babies, all girls, are two identical sets of twins. They ᴜsᴇᴅ ⒾⓋⒻ ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ in ᴀ ʟᴀsᴛ ᴅɪᴛᴄʜ ᴇFFᴏʀᴛ to give their daughter Darcie a sibling, and now they have four on the way. It ᴛᴏᴏᴋ the Croziers five years to conceive before Darcie arrived in 2013, after a third and final round of ⓃⒽⓈ Fᴜɴᴅᴇᴅ ⒾⓋⒻ. Carla and Paul then tried for a second child through self-funded ⒾⓋⒻ ᴡɪᴘɪɴɢ ᴏᴜᴛ all of their savings. By 2016 they ᴛᴏᴏᴋ out a ʟᴏᴀɴ for a final ⒾⓋⒻ attempt, bringing the total spent to £16,000. Carla said: “We had absolutely no money, so we had to get a ʟᴏᴀɴ of £8,000. This was our last chance. If it Fᴀɪʟᴇᴅ, we were going to accept ɴᴏᴛ being able to add to our family.”
To raise their chances of success, Carla and Paul ᴏᴠᴇʀʜᴀᴜʟᴇᴅ their lifestyles, ʟᴏsɪɴɢ nearly five sᴛᴏɴᴇ between them. Carla says: “We wanted to do everything possible for the second child we craved.” Last September, a pregnancy test once again showed Carla was ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ. She said:“It was an amazing feeling. I broke down in tears . But although I wanted to be happy, I knew there was a long road ahead.” Before her first sᴄᴀɴ at the ᴄʟɪɴɪᴄ, after all their ᴛʀᴀɢᴇᴅɪᴇs, she and Paul ᴘʀᴀʏᴇᴅ the sᴏɴᴏɢʀᴀᴘʜᴇʀ would find a healthy heartbeat. They were stunned to be told there were three. But the surprises ᴡᴇʀᴇɴ’ᴛ over. Carla says: “When we went back for the 12-week sᴄᴀɴ we were told there were actually fours ʜᴇᴀᴅs in there. It was quite a sʜᴏᴄᴋ. I was in ᴀʙsᴏʟᴜᴛᴇ sʜᴏᴄᴋ when we found ᴏᴜᴛ. I still am. The odds of this happening are apparently one in 70 million with two identical sets of twins. It’s just ᴄʀᴀᴢʏ to think this has happened to us when we’ve had so much ᴛʀᴏᴜʙʟᴇ just having one baby.”
The couple’s joy was ᴛᴇᴍᴘᴇʀᴇᴅ when ᴅᴏᴄᴛᴏʀs ᴡᴀʀɴᴇᴅ them of the ʀɪsᴋs of carrying quadruplets and suggested ‘selectives ʀᴇᴅᴜᴄᴛɪᴏɴ’ to ʀᴇᴍᴏᴠᴇ ᴛᴡᴏ Fᴏᴇᴛᴜsᴇs. Carla says: “They said twins would be a lot sᴀFᴇʀ. There is the ʀɪsᴋ of twin to twin ᴛʀᴀɴsFᴜsɪᴏɴ sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ, a ᴅɪsᴇᴀsᴇ of the ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀ that affects identical twin pregnancies. There’s also the ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀ of ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇ and ᴀ ᴘʀᴇ-ᴛᴇʀᴍ ʟᴀʙᴏᴜʀ. But we didn’t even have to think about it. We ᴡᴇʀᴇɴ’ᴛ going to get ʀɪᴅ of any of our babies.” The quadruplets ᴀʀʀɪᴠᴇᴅ 12 weeks early on March 27 the day after Mother’s Day. Isla Amelie was first at 4.10am at 2lb 4oz, followed at one-minute intervals by Demi May, at 2lb 7oz, Alyse Jade at 2lb 4oz and Milla Leigh, at 2lb 9oz.
And now life is going to get even more expensive. She said : “I still can’t believe they have all ᴀʀʀɪᴠᴇᴅ sᴀFᴇʟʏ. We are so happy.” Dad Paul, 42, is working around the clock to buy a minibus so he and Carla can take Isla, Demi, Alyse and Milla home from hospital. Carla said :”We’ve been looking at seven-seater cars, but nᴏɴᴇ have a boot big enough for the prams. It’s still only just hitting home that we’ve got four babies. Last weekend we had our first cuddle with all four girls at once. That was when it really sᴀɴᴋ in. Paul went first and I looked at them all on his lap next to each other and thought, ‘Oʜ ᴍʏ Gᴏᴅ, we have four babies to care for’.” But all that matters to Carla is her ʜᴜɢᴇ new family are soon going home.