The young mother gave birth to four children in the 24th week. One weighed half a kilogram, and the other three babies were stillborn. The miracle girl has now celebrated her third birthday and is perfectly healthy.
Teen mom Tori Keller got pregnant at the age of nineteen. According to the ultrasound, she was expecting quadruplets with now-fiancé Tyler Hallman. The couple was told that three of their babies were sharing a ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀ and an ᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ sᴀᴄ while their fourth baby was in a sᴀᴄ of their own. “At the very first check-up, the doctor told us that the ꜰᴇᴛᴜs, which was alone, did not have a heartbeat. But I had to carry it to term in order not to ᴇɴᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀ my three other children,” recalls Tori.
Both of her sons had ʙᴜᴛᴛᴇʀꜰʟʏ ᴡɪɴɢ ᴅɪsᴇᴀsᴇ. Now only one of them is keeping her afloat.
Unfortunately, between the eighteenth and nineteenth weeks of pregnancy, the heartbeat of the other two babies was not found, and Tori again had to carry the ɴᴏɴ-ᴘʀᴏsᴘᴇʀᴏᴜs ꜰᴇᴛᴜsᴇs to term. “I was determined to simply save my daughter.” But little Athena was born at 24 weeks and weighed only 450 grams. The doctors didn’t give her much of a chance, she was really too tiny.
“I didn’t hold my daughter Athena for the first time until seventeen days after she was born, when she was stabilized. She had other health problems that we had to address quickly, but the important thing was that she lived!”
Although she was born prematurely, now Athena is growing very healthy. This is a great joy for Tori and her husband. “Now I am much healthier and can walk, run, scream… like many normal children. Just a year ago, Athena only spoke 3-5 words, but now she can talk all day without getting bored.”
The couple also welcomed a baby boy and named him Zachariah. Athena loves her brother very much and often calls him Riah. Tori and her husband also often tell their two children about their lost sisters: “Athena knows that her three sisters are angels in heaven and watch over us every day. Athena taught me how to be strong. strong to get through the dark times. She’s my hero even though she may not know it.”