The Frantz Quads
Casey Frantz and her husband received the surprise of a lifetime in 2015. Just six weeks into her pregnancy, an ultrasound revealed not just one baby, but four. Initially excited by the thought of quadruplets, the couple quickly grew nervous about just what the future held for these four precious miracles. With a goal to make it to 32 weeks gestation, God proved to the couple that He had a different plan for their family. At just 24 weeks gestation, Casey was rushed to Lutheran Hospital when her water broke. “In a time plagued by uncertainty, the labor and delivery staff did incredible making us feel comfortable while we waited for Dr. Wheeler to arrive and inform us what the plan was going to be for delivery,” Casey said. At 3 a.m., Dr. Thomas Wheeler, a perinatologist specializing in high risk pregnancies, came in and alerted the couple that the four boys would be here by 5 a.m.
The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) team, along with the respiratory team, were immediately called in to be on hand for when the four babies arrived. Geared with five NICU team members to each baby, the uneasy nature surrounding the fate of each baby was very high among all who were present for the delivery. “Before we began, Dr. Wheeler advised us that each of our boys would have about a 20 percent chance at life,” Casey stated. “It was heartbreaking news for us, but we placed our worries with God and let Him take control.”
At 4:55 a.m. on July 3, 2015, Aiden (1 pound, 11 ounces) and Landon (1 pound, 4 ounces) made their grand appearance into the world. They were followed by brothers Parker (1 pound, 1 ounce) and Mason (1 pound, 9 ounces) at 4:56 a.m.
In what should have been the happiest day of Casey and her husband’s lives was overrun with fear and worry. The new family had a long road ahead of them, but after three months in the NICU, they received some good news - Mason was ready to come home. Just one week after Mason’s arrival home, Aiden and Landon would be able to graduate from the NICU as well, followed by Parker just a few days later.
With a house now full of babies and a family now complete, these precious miracles proved their true strength and fight early. At just one week old, Mason had a major colon surgery followed up by a second colon surgery just a month later. He would also have eye surgery the month after that. The other three boys, while not undergoing any surgical procedures, had many ups and downs of their own. Collectively, the boys combined for over 390 X-rays done in those short four months and each spent at least 100 days in the NICU.
“I can’t say enough about our stay at Lutheran Hospital’s NICU,” Casey said. “They loved our family like one of their own and provided exceptional care for our medically fragile boys. They allowed me to find peace when I was home each night because I knew our boys were in great hands. Between God and that amazing team of individuals He placed in our lives, I am happy to say we have four completely healthy and very happy five-year-old boys today!”