The woman’s pregnancy was one in 700,000. She conceived naturally and couldn’t believe her doctor’s words when she learned she would welcome four children at once. Little did she know that was only the beginning of her miracle pregnancy story.
Katie Sturm and her husband, Chris Sturm, were ecstatic when they discovered they were welcoming a little one. However, Katie’s excitement turned to tears of shock when doctors revealed she was expecting more than one baby. She was having quadruplets!
Two weeks after the discovery, Katie was handed more unexpected news. She was sick, and her husband worried about her and their unborn children.
The Doctors Made a Shocking Discovery
The Fort Worth, Texas couple’s world changed completely within a few weeks. One moment they were processing the news of Katie’s multiple pregnancies, and the next, they were dealing with her severe health struggles.
While three months pregnant, Katie had a seizure at work—the root of the problem was devastating. She shared:
“And then two weeks later, I found out that I had a brain tumor. It was sort of hard to believe.”
The Pregnant Woman Needed Brain Surgery
The then-26-year-old woman needed brain surgery, which was very risky for her and the babies. But doctors were stunned by the mom’s strength and determination amid the challenging times.
Her surgeon, Dr. Toral Patel, initially thought she was being pranked when news about Katie’s situation reached her office. Operating on a woman expecting quadruplets was never ideal, but Dr. Patel knew it was necessary.
Katie also shared a surprising piece of information that added to the wonder of her story. As a teenager, she had a medical condition that led to a warning from doctors.
The Risk of Losing His Family Was Real
The original plan was to remove the tumor after Katie gave birth. However, when Katie suffered a second seizure, doctors knew they had to act quickly and operate on her while pregnant.
Katie’s husband, Chris, realized how real the risks of losing his spouse and kids were, but Dr. Patel called Katie “amazing” throughout the process, and she was relieved when they finally removed the tumor. The doctor added:
“She has coped with this better than anyone could have imagined. She’s remarkable.”
She Handed It over to God
Katie recovered well after her brain surgery, and in July 2020, she got ready to deliver her babies. She was 32 weeks pregnant and eager to meet Jacob, Daniel, Austin, and Hudson.
Her health journey was unique and challenging, but every tear was worth it. The resilient mom relied heavily on her faith, recalling:
“At that point, I had to turn it over to God, and I guess he wouldn’t give me quadruplets if he didn’t want me to be around for them.”
The Quadruplets Are a Blessing
The quadruplets were born healthy and came out crying. And because they were conceived without the help of fertility treatments they beat the odds of one in 700,000, according to Dr. Patricia Santiago-Munoz.
Katie also shared a surprising piece of information that added to the wonder of her story. As a teenager, she had a medical condition that led to a warning from doctors. They told her she would never be able to have biological kids—she certainly proved them wrong many times over!
The Sturm family experienced miracle after miracle. Chris described the new adventure “fun and exceptionally challenging.” And while life with four newborns was tough, mom Katie was grateful. “They are a blessing,” she said.
The Online Reaction
Netizens were in awe of the “warrior” woman, who showed courage in the face of adversity for the sake of her loved ones. Many people sang her praises, recognizing her strength and honoring her for it:
“Such a strong woman. UT Southwestern is one of the best hospitals. [They] saved my loved one’s life when four other hospitals refused to operate. All the best to her and her family.”
– (Alicia Rocky Roxanne) October 2, 2020
“She is the reason we have the phrase ‘tough as a mother.’ You go, girl!”
– (Jessica Fuller Wood) October 2, 2020
“Congratulations, Chris Sturm and Katie! Glad you all are doing ok. I’ve been following your journey, and I’m so happy to see this video with healthy moms and babies!”
(Brittani Nguyen) September 26, 2020
“God blessed her with beautiful babies. Look at God’s work. He’s a miracle worker. Congratulations, mom and dad. Stay blessed. Stay safe.”
– (Almetta Pearson) September 24, 2020
“God doesn’t give you more than you can handle. May all your children stay healthy and happy. You are blessed.”
– (Barbara Shanker) September 24, 2020
The Sturm family experienced something very few people do. Their unique journey is inspiring, and Katie is a true supermom. Well done to her, and God bless this beautiful family!