A 50-year-old grandmother has spoken of her joy at becoming Britain’s oldest mother of quads.
Tracey Britten defied odds of a million-to-one to give birth to the three girls and one boy last month.
The four babies were born via caesarean at 31 weeks and taken straight to intensive care, where they are said to be making good progress.
They were born on October 26th and Tracey has been told they will not be allowed home until her original due date of January 2nd.
‘I can’t wait to get them home and start bonding with my special bundles of joy,’ Tracey told the Sun.
‘It’s been a whirlwind and I’m so grateful. One of the quads has had so many tubes around her that I haven’t seen her face properly.
‘The babies have not all been together yet, each hooked up to different machines.’
The former drug counsellor, who lives in north-west London, underwent IVF in Cyprus using a £7,000 inheritance from her mother.
The names of the babies are not yet known.
The first little girl arrived at 10.03am, weighing 2Ib20z with dark hair. She has been described by Tracey as a ‘feisty little raver’ who ‘hasn’t stopped kicking’.
The second, an identical twin of the first, was born a minute later and weighed slightly less at 1Ib15oz.
The third girl, described as ‘the strongest of the girls with a ravenous appetite’, was born at 10.am at 2lb 7oz.
The final quad – and only boy – was delivered at 10.07am at 3Ib 10oz.
Tracey said he is ‘so chunky’ and looks massive compared to his sisters.
Tracey had three children – now 32, 31 and 22 – with her first husband, but they split in 2003. Between them they have given her eight grandchildren.
She met now husband Stephen in 2005 and they married seven years later.
As the NHS only performs IVF up until the age of 42, the couple went to a private clinic in Cyprus called Kolan British IVF Center, now called Team Miracle.
Tracey had told friends and family that the April trip was just on holiday.
At the clinic, staff extracted her eggs and fertilised them with her husband’s sperm.
Four were implanted and, while only three took, one of those divided to create the identical twins.
The couple paid for the treatment using inheritance left to her by her mum Pauline Smith who died in 2007.
She said her mother ‘always wanted twins’ in the family, and feels the babies are a gift from her.
During Tracey’s 30-week scan, doctors saw that one of the babies was struggling with blood flow and warned it could put the others at risk.
She was then admitted to London’s University College Hospital and the babies were born a week later with the help of a 35-strong team.
Tracey called them ‘incredible’ saying: ‘I owe them everything.’
She added: ‘I only wanted one child and was blessed with four. It’s a miracle. I didn’t realise we’ve made history.’