American quintuplets head home after months in hospital

DALLAS — Thursday was the day that Steven and Michelle Seal of Maud, Texas, have been waiting months for — doctors gave them the go-ahead to take their newborn quintuplets home from the hospital.

The parting was emotional for the Seals and the dozens of doctors and nurses at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas that made it possible.

Michelle Seal, 32, gave birth to four girls and one boy March 18, the first set of quintuplets born at Baylor hospital.

The babies — Mia Danielle, Tessa Suzanne, Gracie Lou, Rayleigh Ann and Brant Lee — were delivered by C-section at 29 weeks, 1 day. They ranged in weight from 2 pounds, 10 ounces to 3 pounds, 6 ounces. Since their delivery, they've remained at the hospital under the close eyes of the neonatal intensive care unit staff.

One by one, the infants have been released. The first baby went home in early June. The fifth and final quintuplet went home this week. Thursday, after a final round of checkups, the family was cleared to head back to Maud for good, officially ending a four-and-a-half month stay at the hospital.

There was a tearful farewell from the staff, people the Seals now consider family.

"I don't know what I would do without them," Michelle Seal said. "I'm just so happy that I get to stay in touch with them and continue our friendship from Maud, and they're going to have to come and visit."

In the coming days, the Seals will make the three-hour drive home to Maud. Seal, a schoolteacher, says she'll stay home and take care of her six children — the quints join older brother Brady, 3 — full time. Dad Steven, 32, will resume work as a civilian at the Red River Army Depot.


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