This couple was eager to get a photo of their adorable new quadruplets. As a result, they hired a photographer and were excited to take a family portrait. They exchanged happy smiles, and the photographer snapped a photo.
But then he returned his gaze to the photograph and discovered an odd discovery!
For years, Dan (37) and Marly (34) had fantasized of having a child. It had to be the most joyful experience of their lives. The two couldn’t conceal their pleasure when Marly found out she was expecting. It finally worked after years of trying!
Everything went according to plan. The two were overjoyed in the weeks following the positive pregnancy test. They couldn’t wait to share their joy with their friends and family. They were surrounded by people who were ecstatic for them. From now on, nothing could throw a wrench in the works.
The two entered the doctor’s office with a healthy sense of anticipation for a routine exam. Dan, on the other hand, sensed that the doctor was apprehensive when he welcomed them in.
The doctor said, “Sit down.” “I have some exciting news!”
As the nerves poured through Dan and Marly’s bodies, they sat down. Suddenly, the doctor’s face lit up with a smile. “You’re going to have quadruplets,” he stated as he stood up. Both of them broke out in cries of excitement.
Marly’s waters broke eight months later, on a Tuesday. Fortunately, they had been looking forward to this for weeks and had made preparations. They drove to the hospital with the accelerator pressed hard against the car floor.
When they arrived in the hospital room, they exchanged sorrowful looks. They were about to experience the moment they had been waiting for their entire lives. The love of his life then demonstrated her strength and assured him that everything would be alright.
They were then wheeled into the operating room, where the surgeons performed a C-section…
The infants had all come soon after! Stan, Rob, Dusy, and Leah, four adorable newborns, were introduced to the world. Marly was fatigued by the end of the surgery because it had taken so long. However, a smile formed on her face once she had a look at her lovely quadruplets.
While the doctor checked on the four newborns, Marly was transferred to the recovery room. Everything worked out perfectly. This was the most nerve-wracking time for the new parents, especially with quadruplets, because something could still go wrong. This, thankfully, was not the case.
In retrospect, it was evident that the doctor had missed anything odd at the time. Something odd that not only he, but everyone else, had missed…
Marly took a few days to get back on her feet. Dan didn’t leave the hospital for a single second during that time. He continued to be awestruck by his quadruplets in the incubators. He couldn’t wait to bring them home and show them off to his friends and family. They were stunning.
Marly was able to return home with her babies once she had recovered sufficiently. The next task awaited them here. Quadruplets are a lot of work, but they were both very thrilled that everything went smoothly. Every second, every poopy diaper, and every minute of wasted sleep was treasured by them.
Dan, a proud man, wanted to start a new ritual after six months. Every year, he wanted to take a family photo to cherish later.
He had no idea that this family portrait would give him the terror of his life!
While Dan and Marly clothed the babies, the photographer set up his equipment in the living room. When the six of them were lined up, the photographer realized they were possibly the most gorgeous family he’d ever seen. The image simply made sense.
Hundreds of images were taken for the family’s photo album. The newborns were photogenic by nature. They even burst out laughing.
The photographer utilized a tool to improve the quality of the images after the photo shoot. He made precise adjustments to the portrait so that it would fit within the photo book. Finally, he zoomed in to see if there were any red eyes.
He abruptly froze when he zoomed in on Stan. There was something wrong with him.
The photographer became frantic and couldn’t place what he was seeing. As soon as he could, he summoned Dan. Dan was taken aback when the two of them looked at the photo together. He couldn’t believe he had forgotten about it.
He dashed over to Marly’s room, where she was feeding one of the babies. She quickly noticed something was awry as Dan flung open the door. Dan’s expression said it all. She’d never seen him with such a worried and perplexed expression before.
Dan walked in, scarcely able to speak. “Mar, we have to leave RIGHT NOW!” was all he said.
They got in the car, and Dan began driving erratically. He gave the photo to Marly, who was in the back seat with their children. She burst out laughing when she saw it. How could anything like this happen to her child? She happily ever after turned into a nightmare.
She was suddenly jolted back and forth by the automobile. Dan went twice as fast as the speed limit since he didn’t want to waste any time. Marly screamed angrily at him to slow down because they were in the car with four babies.
Marly turned back in the rearview mirror as his speed slowed “Please accept my apologies, but we must move quickly. We’re going to be late!”
They both started crying when their eyes met in the rearview mirror.
They arrived at the hospital after a long journey. Dan exited the vehicle, came to the back door, and lifted tiny Stan from his seat. He picked him up and began sprinting towards the door. The hospital personnel had already contacted the physicians after hearing him cry outdoors.
Little Stan was whisked into the ward at breakneck speed. Marly and Dan waited in the room next door with their other three babies as the doctor examined him. They were in the midst of the longest minute of their lives. Dan reassured his wife as the two hugged each other. But he had his worries about whether everything would work out. For the two of them, the uncertainty had become too much!
“Why is this taking so long?” yelled an irritated Dan. The doctor walked in with a worried expression on his face, just as he was about to lash out at the wall.
With a photograph in his hand, the doctor entered the room. He pulled out the whiteboard and motioned Dan and Marly to take a seat. They’d never been jitterier in their lives.
As he pulled out a photograph, the doctor said, “It’s a good thing you came so quickly!” On the whiteboard, he hung the photograph. Little Stan’s foot was zoomed in on the shot. “Acrocyanosis is the cause of the blueness on little Stan’s foot. This is an extremely uncommon disease among infants.”
Dan and Marly exchanged shocked looks while simultaneously asking, “What does that mean?”
The doctor stood up and approached the two. He reached out and placed his hand on Marly’s shoulder, saying,
“Don’t be concerned! Acrocyanosis is a disorder in which the tiny blood veins in the skin narrow and turn blue. It is a painless condition. This is typical in infants and normally goes away on its own. On the other hand, Little Stan’s circulation wasn’t pumping well enough on its own. We’ll have to keep him here for the night; he’ll be taken care of, and everything will be OK!”
Little Stan was permitted to return home a day later. The entire family had slept in the hospital with him throughout his night stay. His siblings and brother were there to support him.
Dan had booked a second appointment with the photographer that night for a new family portrait. This time, there’s no blue foot!