Last Ogema, Minn., quad heads homeMeritCare neonatal nurse practitioner Jenny Bellas says babies beat every obstacle they faced Taelyn Jensen’s siblings may have made it home before she did, but you can bet she’ll argue that they saved the best for last. Taelyn, the last of Matt and Margo Jensen’s quadruplets to be released from Fargo’s MeritCare Hospital, took the 75-minute trip home to Ogema, Minn., on Thursday.
By: Helmut Schmidt and Amy Dalrymple, The Forum
MeritCare neonatal nurse practitioner Jenny Bellas says babies beat every obstacle they faced
Taelyn Jensen’s siblings may have made it home before she did, but you can bet she’ll argue that they saved the best for last.
Taelyn, the last of Matt and Margo Jensen’s quadruplets to be released from Fargo’s MeritCare Hospital, took the 75-minute trip home to Ogema, Minn., on Thursday.
She may have struggled to stay awake, while her blue eyes drank in the world outside the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, but she and her siblings won the biggest fight: the fight to live and to go home.
“Definitely exciting; overwhelming to think that we finally made it to the point to having us all at home under one roof,” Margo said.
Matt said it will be good to have a more normal life. At least, as normal as life can be with quadruplets in the house.
“I look at it as if we kind of finally gotten off the scary roller-coaster ride and now we can ride the Tilt-a-Whirl if we want to.
I look at it like that. Ride the teacup ride, or something not as stressful,” he said.
Jenny Bellas, a neonatal nurse practitioner in the NICU, said Taelyn will be on oxygen for a while and there will be an emphasis on making sure she eats enough to gain weight.
Matt and Margo said they will also have an apnea monitor in their home to track of her heart rate and breathing.
Bellas said Taelyn weighs about 4.2 kilograms (roughly 9 pounds 4 ounces), about seven times her birth weight.
Taelyn’s siblings, brothers Kade and Hoyt, and sister, Avery, went home Jan. 19, nearly five months after their birth Aug. 21.
The foursome were in the womb six months and two days, and doctors at that time said babies born that early had a 50-50 chance of survival.
Kade returned to the hospital recently to have a hernia surgery. The Jensens said he should be released to return home today.
Margo said it will be “crazy and exciting” to have all four home.
“We are very blessed with the outcome we have. It could have turned out very differently, but we have four fighters, and they did that the whole way,” she said.
Matt also has a plan to deal with the next phase in their lives.
“Sit down, and take a deep breath, and count our blessings and go from there, and hopefully get some sleep now and then,” he said.
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