Houston mom births quintuplets

The Macon TelegraphMay 19, 2013 

Editor's note: This story was originally published March 7, 1995.

In a span of less than five minutes, Angela Lineberger gave birth to five babies early Monday afternoon at The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Four of the all male Lineberger quintuplets were healthy and were immediately placed in the hospital's neonatal intensive care nursery after being delivered by Caesarean section between 1:12 and 1:16 p.m.

The fifth baby was stillborn. His death, due to a congenital heart defect, was detected a few days ago during a routine ultrasound test, said obstetrician Dr. William Koontz.

"Of course, we're all sad about this, but Angela and Kerry in fact all of us feel that God knows best," said Kerry Lineberger's sister-in-law, Pepie.

"And there's still a whole armful of babies to be happy about," said Kerry Lineberger's brother, Kurt.

The "armful of babies" weighed between 3 and 4 pounds each at birth, healthy weights for 31 weeks gestation, said Koontz. Their mother is doing well and should go home in three or four days.

Father Kerry Lineberger called the birth a "miracle to watch" and said the couple has much to be thankful for, especially "all the people all over the country who prayed for us."

Three of the surviving babies were placed on artificial ventilation to help them breathe after suffering respiratory distress syndrome about an hour after their birth.

"Their condition is not a surprise, given their size and weight, but I am concerned and we will watch them closely," said neonatologist Dr. Atul Khurana. "The fact that they didn't suffer RDS immediately after they were born is good, but they could be in the intensive care nursery for another month or so."

In order to go home, Khurana said the babies will need to weigh at least 4 pounds 6 ounces, be able to feed on their own and require no oxygen therapy or medication.

Kerry Lineberger said the family will use the time until the babies can go home to get their Houston County home ready for the new additions. He said the couple's 2-year-old son Tully is excited but probably doesn't have any idea what it's going to be like. Names for their new sons have been chosen but not assigned to individual babies yet.

The boys will be called Joshua Talbott, Benjamin Kurt, Hunter Christian and Charles Lucas.

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