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Davis quadruplets are all home now

October 02, 1998

Davis quadrupletsBy JULIE E. GREENE / Staff Writer

by: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer




The last of the Davis quadruplets has come home after more than four months in the hospital, and parents Denise and Craig Davis said Thursday they are relieved to have all four babies with them at last.

Deidra Nicole was released from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Tuesday, almost 19 weeks after her birth.

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"Deidra has been through so much. There were times when we didn't think she'd actually make it. She was the first born and the last one home," her mother said Thursday morning at the family's Doub Way townhouse.

Deidra's brother, Dallas Michael, came home two weeks earlier, on Sept. 15.

Maverick Warren was the first of the quintuplets to leave the hospital, on Aug. 29, followed by Marisa Ryan.

The quadruplets were born May 20, 14 weeks before their Aug. 26 due date. They received constant medical attention in the weeks that followed, and all remain on medication.

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Deidra, who underwent a colostomy and other intestinal surgery, is on six medications. She is given an injection twice a day for a blood clot, Denise Davis said.

Deidra's weight has climbed from 1 pound, 9 1/2 ounces to 6 pounds, 3 1/2 ounces, Davis said.

Dallas, who weighed in at 1 pound, 12 ounces at birth, now weighs 6 pounds, 6 ounces, she said.

Maverick Warren was still on a heart monitor when he was sent home, but he has been breathing on his own, without having oxygen administered to him, for three weeks, his parents said. His weight has gone from 1 pound, 11 ounces to 7 pounds, 3 ounces.

Marisa Ryan, who weighed 1 pound, 7 ounces at birth, remains the smallest at 5 pounds, 6 ounces, her mother said.

"It's overwhelming, but I wouldn't trade it for anything," said Denise Davis, 29, of the work involved in caring for four babies.

"If we're not taking care of them we're washing bottles or washing clothes," Craig Davis said as he held Maverick.

The babies need for attention is so great that Craig Davis, 24, quit his job as a nursing assistant at Reeders Memorial Home in Boonsboro on Monday, they said.

"He knew I wouldn't be able to handle four babies," said Denise Davis, who left her job as an administrative clerk at Reeders on Feb. 25.

She said it's basically been the two of them caring for the four babies and her 12-year-old daughter, Danielle, who has been suffering from bronchitis. Their parents help out, but it's hard to find someone to baby-sit all four infants.

The family will rely on federal financial assistance for two months, until the babies are healthier and one parent can return to work, they said.

Insurance has covered most of the $472,000 in medical bills the couple have received for Maverick, Marisa and Dallas, Craig Davis said. He expects Deidra's bill to be at least $190,000.

The prognosis for the quadruplets is good, but it is too soon to know whether they might have developmental problems, Denise Davis said.

The Davises are considering an offer to rent a Smithsburg home since they have run out of room in their two-story, three-bedroom townhouse.

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