Raleigh parents rejoice in birth of quadruplets

Staff WriterJune 2, 2011 

  • To assist the Offors with donations, hand-me-downs or other services, contact Stephanie Veeder, Wake County preschool special education social worker, at 919-250-6678 or sveeder@wcpss.net.

— RALEIGH -- After two rambunctious sons, the Offor family craved a daughter.

They got their wish at 9:53 p.m. Tuesday, when Adaeze came wiggling into the world - but not until after three more bouncing boys joined the family.

First Peter. Then Paul. Then Christian. Then Adaeze.

An exhausted and clearly proud Chizoba Offor held up one finger and stressed: "We just wanted a baby girl."

The Offor brood marks the first quadruplets born at WakeMed since 2007, coming to Chiboza, 33, and her 51-year-old husband Samuel without the aid of fertility drugs.

"We got extra," said Samuel Offor, a Raleigh taxi driver. "I feel unbelievably blessed."

In any scenario, the chances of birthing four babies at once are slim. Out of more than 4 million births in 2008, only 345 were quadruplets. But a natural, spontaneous foursome is even more rare.

All four of the new Offors weigh about 3 pounds, which is about average, and all four will spend about six weeks in neonatal intensive care.

But when they come home, the Offors will add their four babies to two toddlers and confront life with a stroller-busting six children.

This will be tricky, they predict, in a two-bedroom apartment.

"We don't have a van," laments Chizoba Offor.

Samuel Offor came to Raleigh from Nigeria in 1985 to study at Shaw University and became a U.S. citizen in 1994. Chizoba joined him later and studied to become a certified nursing assistant.

But the latest pregnancy stopped up their finances. Chizoba has been on bed rest at WakeMed since April (the four babies were detected in her 4th month), leaving Samuel to watch the other two sons, Pius, 3, and 22-month-old Sam.

They have no family nearby and are working with the Nigerian embassy to have Chizoba's sister come to help out.

Adaeze means "Princess" in Nigeria, but the diapers from a family as large as the Offors' would swamp a royal nursery.

And the Offors only have four grown-up hands between them.

josh.shaffer@newsobserver.com or 919-829-4818

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