Rare Quadruplets Born in Israel

By Aryeh Stern

Newborn babies at the Shaarei Zedek Medical Center hospital in Yerushalayim. (Chaim Goldberg/FLASH90)

In a stunning medical rarity, quadruplets were delivered Sunday at Beilinson Medical Center in Petach Tikva. The 35-year-old mother, already a mother to two children, defied odds of one in 720,000.

The newborns – two boys and two girls – entered the world with weights ranging from 2.95 to 3.57 pounds. Medical staff promptly transferred all four infants to the neonatal intensive care unit for close monitoring and specialized care.

Quadruplet births are exceedingly uncommon, occurring in roughly one out of every 720,000 deliveries. In Israel, where annual births hover around 180,000, statisticians would predict a natural quadruplet birth only once every three to four years.

To put this in perspective, twins appear in about 5% of births, while triplets occur in just 0.1%. The extreme scarcity of quadruplet births turns each occurrence into a headline-grabbing event, captivating both medical professionals and the public alike.

Prior to this birth, Israel’s most recent quadruplets were welcomed in 2022 at Sheba Medical Center.

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