Three baby girls died in mother’s womb as she bravely carried them to save their sister

Texas, Alabama, a young woman was thrilled when she found out she was expecting quadruplets. But her happiness soon turned to misery after she received some crushing news on her 15-week scan.

19-year-old Tori Keller was told that three of her unborn children had been sharing a placenta which was not strong enough to support all of them.

One of them no longer had a heartbeat.

Tori and her partner, Tyler Hallman, were told she would have to keep on carrying all of the four girls up to term, although one of them had already passed away inside her. The fourth baby was in a space of her own.

Talking about receiving the horrifying news, Tori said,

“I had to carry on. I knew that I couldn’t give up for my other babies. I didn’t know how to feel about carrying her with no heartbeat, but I didn’t have a choice.”

Images: MDWfeatures / Tori Keller

Only two days after their 18-week appointment, Tori stopped feeling any movement and was experiencing pain in her sides. After speaking to their doctor, the pair were advised not to worry and that Tori’s aches were caused by her expanding uterus.

At their week 19 appointment, however, the couple were to be served even sadder news: two more of Tori’s babies no longer had beating hearts, and there was now only one living baby inside her belly.

Tori and Tyler were told that she would still be able to deliver the living baby, with medics able to deliver all of them.

After she received the traumatizing news, Tori – who was still determined to save the remaining child – was monitored closely with cervix checks and ultrasounds as well as fluid and blood samples.

Tori was taken to the hospital at 21 weeks for more intense monitoring as her cervix had become weaker, and at 23 weeks she had to have an emergency cesarean after entering the labor stage.

Tori said,

“The labour was barely noticeable at first, some minor back pain but as it got more intense, and coming and going, I was terrified.

Especially when the nurse confirmed I was having contractions. Then when my water broke, I knew there was no going back. I was so scared that I was going to lose my baby.”

Images: MDWfeatures / Tori Keller

Tori’s now three-year-old daughter Athena was born in 2017, weighing only 1lb 5oz. Her baby eyes were fused shut and her ears had not yet had a chance to fully develop.

Her birth also came with great sorrow, with Tori having to give birth to three other lifeless babies.

She had the following to say about the experience:

“Recovery from labour was nothing like I had ever experienced before. I was cut differently than ‘normal’. I was cut horizontally on the outside, but on the inside, I was cut vertically.”

Images: MDWfeatures / Tori Keller

She continued:

“The labour was barely noticeable at first, some minor back pain but as it got more intense, and coming and going, I was terrified.

Especially when the nurse confirmed I was having contractions. Then when my water broke, I knew there was no going back. I was so scared that I was going to lose my baby.”

Speaking about her difficult recovery process, Tori said:

“Recovery from labour was nothing like I had ever experienced before. I was cut differently than ‘normal’. I was cut horizontally on the outside, but on the inside, I was cut vertically.”

Despite some delays in her first stages of development, Athena is said to now be a healthy, happy child and has also since become a big sister to one-year-old babby, Zachariah.

Tori added:

“She is amazing, now. She walks, talks, runs, jumps, screams, and just everything a normal toddler does, even the tantrums.

She is behind on her speech, but we are working on it. A year ago, she could say maybe three to five words. Now she does nothing but talk, even if you can’t understand her.”

Images: MDWfeatures / Tori Keller

The parents have told the children about their sisters, and talk about them to keep their memory alive.

Tori said:

“We already talk to them about their sisters. They have seen pictures of them as well. She knows that they are angels now, and they watch over us every day. I know she doesn’t quite understand yet, but we do talk about them a good bit.”

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