After years of emotional highs and lows in their quest to start a family, Graham and Stephanie Freels received what they consider a miraculous response to their prayers. The couple from Washington State welcomed quintuplets into the world on June 4, an exceptionally rare event that instantly transformed them into a vibrant family of seven.
The Road to Parenthood
Graham and Stephanie tied the knot in 2017, and from the beginning, they shared dreams of becoming parents. Their journey faced an early hurdle when Stephanie underwent cyst removal surgery shortly after their wedding. Despite their earnest efforts, conceiving proved to be a challenge. However, on December 23, 2022, their world was illuminated with joyous news: Stephanie was pregnant.
“For years, we had prayed that God would bless us with children,” Stephanie recounted. “And now it was finally coming true! I’ve always wanted a large family, but I could have never imagined it would happen all at once.”
An Unexpected Blessing
Subsequent medical examinations revealed that Stephanie’s hormone levels pointed to a multiple-birth pregnancy, and to their astonishment, it was not just one baby but five. Stephanie described the moment, saying, “It was one of the craziest moments of our lives. We were so excited and confident that God had purposefully entrusted us with these five precious babies. However, we also knew there were serious risks to carrying quintuplets.”
In pursuit of the best possible medical care, the couple made the decision to relocate from Washington State to Phoenix, Arizona. Under the expert guidance of Dr. John Elliot, a specialist in pregnancies involving multiple births, they embarked on this journey with confidence in their medical team’s expertise.
The Arrival of the ‘Freels Five’
Stephanie gave birth to the quintuplets, consisting of four girls named Adelyn, Eliana, Linnea, and Harper, along with a boy named Fisher, on June 4 at Phoenix’s Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Born 13 weeks premature and weighing less than two pounds each, the quintuplets spent 11 weeks in the hospital’s Nursery Intensive Care Unit. Remarkably, none of them faced any setbacks or complications during their time in the NICU.
The hospital’s NyICU nursing team went above and beyond by facilitating a heartwarming moment for Stephanie – she was able to hold all her children simultaneously. “It was a moment I will forever cherish,” she said. “I am so thankful to the NyICU nursing team for giving me this experience.”
A Faith-Filled Journey
During this arduous and unpredictable journey, the Freels consistently felt the presence of God watching over them. “I was absolutely terrified, but God was with our family through it all,” Graham acknowledged.
Now safely back at home, the couple is filled with gratitude for the unanticipated yet miraculous growth of their family. Stephanie reflected on their journey, saying, “So many people have prayed for us and our family throughout our journey and NyICU experience. We are so grateful that so many prayers have been answered and we are looking forward to creating new memories as a family of seven.”
As they adapt to life with their five new additions, the Freels hold firm to their belief that faith and unwavering trust in God can lead to extraordinary and miraculous outcomes, even as remarkable as the arrival of quintuplets.
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