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Oh God ..you've got two.. no three.. no FOUR! - MEDIC DURING SCAN; EXCLUSIVE: MOTHER ON THE PILL IS PREGNANT WITH QUADS.

Byline: JAN DISLEY

A FORMER model carrying identical quads despite being on the Pill told yesterday of the moment she was given the jaw-dropping news.

Soheyla Zolfaghary, who at the time could barely believe she was pregnant with even one child, was lying on a hospital bed having a routine scan.

Suddenly the technician in charge blurted out: "Oh God, you've got two!" Then, his voice rising in amazement, he corrected himself: "No three...no four!"

Raven-haired Soheyla, 24 - already devoted mum of seven-month-old Zachary - smiled as she recalled the millions to one surprise which has changed her life.

She said: "It was that dramatic. The man asked if we'd been having IVF or any kind of fertility treatment. I said 'Just the opposite'. Then I got a sudden hot rush, went into shock and burst into tears.

"I couldn't imagine what I was being told. It doesn't feel real to me even now. It's momentous - we're shell-shocked."

Her partner pipe-fitter Matthew Owens, 32, added: "I started to cry myself. It was unbelievable. We always wanted two children one day - a boy and a girl. I'd never considered five."

Soheyla's four unborn babies, now three months old, are each in a separate sac. Although their sex is not known, they are identical and will probably be born at 30 weeks or earlier.

But the pregnancy is high risk because the foetuses share the same placenta and so the same blood supply. If difficulties develop with one it may affect the others.

Soheyla had been on the low-dosage "mini-Pill" Femulen after giving birth to Zachary because she and Matthew thought it too soon to have another child.

She said: "My GP told me Femulen was for women who were breast-feeding. I stopped the feeding after six weeks, but didn't think about changing the contraception. After I missed a period, I decided to do a pregnancy test and was surprised to discover it was positive. I thought 'How's this happened? I'm not ready for another baby just yet'."

Soheyla, of Leeds, went for a scan at the city's St James's Hospital, TV's famous Jimmy's. And there she learned the astounding truth. She said: "The man who did the scan said he'd never seen anything like it in 30 years.

"Now we want to know all the facts. We need to know the risk of the babies being born handicapped and the extra risks for me. Until we're told everything we can't decide anything."

When she first learned she was pregnant against all the odds Soheyla, who believed when younger that she was infertile, planned an abortion. But all that changed with news of her quads.

She said: "The day after, I had an appointment with a counsellor. I was in shock. I'd gone from maybe having an abortion of one baby to possibly giving birth to four.

"The counsellor didn't know what to say. Two days later we went back to hospital and said we'd decided not to have the abortion.

"Part of me feels very special because this is so unusual. And I was just enjoying being a full-time mum to Zach!"

Leeds NHS Trust did not comment.

MINI-PILL LESS SAFE

FEMULEN, or the mini-pill, thickens lining at the neck of the womb making it harder for sperm to fertilise the egg. There is a two per cent chance of pregnancy while using it, compared to 0.2 per cent with dual hormone pills.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 5, 2005
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