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Oh Baby! Cumberland County Family Welcomes Quads

Posted March 11, 2001

— Having five children can be a handful, especially when four of them arrive at the same time. A Fayetteville family is trying to adjust to four new bundles of joy -- three girls and a boy!

Debbie and Allen Hopson have been trying to give their daughter, Sarah, a brother or sister for about five years. After a round of in-vitro fertilization, a family of three has quickly grown to seven.

Born at 31-and-a-half weeks, Elizabeth, Phillip, Caroline and Katherine are small, but healthy.

The Hopsons are learning to juggle schedules, and estimate they will use 32 bottles a day, and even more diapers than that.

With two sets of grandparents living out of state, Debbie will continue as a stay-at-home mom. Allen will take as much time off as he can from his moving business.

With the need for a larger home, the family may be moving soon. If that is the case, Dad already has plans for his only son.

"I'm considering getting a Port-o-Lot for me and the boy, because the two bathrooms are going to be monopolized by all the girls," says Allen.

If you would like to help the family, you can send a check to:Hopson Quadruplets Fundc/o Cape Fear Valley Health FoundationP.O. Box 2000Fayetteville, N.C.

To donate baby items, call910-609-6003

A formula company has donated a years supply. Cape Fear Valley Medical Center is working to find a diaper company to do the same.

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