Mother gives birth to quadruplets at UNM Hospital | KOB 4

Mother gives birth to quadruplets at UNM Hospital

Megan Abundis
September 30, 2018 10:23 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- For the first time in at least 10 years, quadruplets have been delivered at UNM hospital.


Elia Payan-Sanchez was 27-weeks pregnant when she and her husband, Rafael Rodriguez, were traveling from Chihuahua, Mexico to Colorado.

Her doctor in Mexico had been monitoring her, but on their road trip, her blood pressure began to rise.

The next thing they knew, the couple had four babies, three months premature. Each baby weighed just one pound.

Gabriel, Miguel, Elia, and Rafael have been in the hospital for a month and doctors say they are all doing well.

Pre-pregnancy, Payan-Sanchez developed Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation, (DIC), a condition in which blood clots form throughout the body, blocking blood vessels. UNM doctors say it has a high mortality rate, some moms only have a 50 percent chance of survival.

Elia told KOB the birth was difficult.

"I only remember certain things," she said. "It was so frustrating not being able to be with my babies. But I'm so thankful the doctors fought for my life."

She lost a lot of blood and has been recovering ever since.

Her husband has documented their entire journey from pregnancy to delivery.  

"I am so happy and proud," he said. "She's a very strong woman."

After the emergency C-section, it took a team of 12, to take care of the babies.

"I'm glad my four babies are okay," Elia said. "I was so worried that something bad would happen. But thanks to the hospital staff they've done a wonderful job taking care of the babies and me."

Doctors say the quadruplets need to stay in the hospital for another 10 weeks.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help support the family.


Megan Abundis

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