On Sunday, a rare occurrence took place as two sets of sextuplets came into the world within 10 hours of each other. The first set was born in Minnesota to Ryan and Brianna Morrison of St. Louis Park. The second set came in Arizona to Jenny and Brian Masche on Monday. The odds of conceiving sextuplets is one in 4.7 billion, but both women used fertility treatments to help them conceive, which improves these odds.

The Morrisons spent over a year trying to conceive their children. Brianna tried the fertility drug Follistim and was successful. After a 22 week pregnancy the 24-year-olds delivered four boys and two girls who were born 4 ½ months early. Their weights ranged from 11 ounces to 1 pound 3 ounces. They were named Lucia Rae, Cadence Alana, Bennet Ryan, Tryg Benton, Lincoln Sean, and Sylas Christopher. While pregnant, the Morrisons were advised to consider selective reduction to reduce the number of fetuses to two in order to give them a better chance for survival. However, they refused.

Meanwhile, the Masches used artificial insemination to conceive their children. The three boys and three girls were delivered almost 10 weeks premature. All but one weighed less than three pounds. Their names are Bailey Elizabeth, Savannah Jane, Molli Grace, Cole Robert, Blake Nickolas, and Grant William.

All of the babies were listed in critical condition by Monday afternoon. Five of the six Masche babies were on ventilators to help them breathe. Sadly, Bennet Ryan Morrison died on Wednesday night in the intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. The rest of his siblings are in intensive care. The other babies should leave the hospital in six to eight weeks.

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