Four Before Their Time: A Story of Hope, Resilience and Miracles

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Anne had it all. She was a physician, an Army officer, and a great wife. She'd be a great mom, too. But the joy of pregnancy is short-lived after an ultrasound reveals that Anne isn't just pregnant, she's really pregnant—with quadruplets! Now her dad, Tim Spillane, is a grandfather four times over, and much too soon. Just 24 weeks into her pregnancy, Anne delivered, and not one of Tim's grandkids weighs more than half a mug of coffee. So underdeveloped that even calling them babies feels wrong, the odds of just one of them surviving—let alone all four—are heartbreakingly low. And even if the children pull through, they face the likelihood of disabilities so severe that they’d have no real quality of life. It all seems hopeless until Tim’s wife observes that just seeing the quads is like "being allowed a glimpse into the miracle that grows in a mother’s womb." Four Before Their Time is the true story of four babies surviving on a razor’s edge, one mom's overwhelming and guilt-ridden entrance into parenthood, and an entire family's experiences with extreme premature birth. It will take all the faith, hope, and resilience the Spillane family can muster – along with more than a few miracles – just to get the quadruplets home.

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"We find ourselves wondering what we would do as we witness a gut-wrenching roller coaster of survival and love in a remarkable family."- Marla J Gold, MD  Dean Emerita & Professor Drexel University School of Public Health

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Tim and his wife live in Chester County, PA and are the parents of three daughters. They became grandparents when their daughter, Anne delivered quadruplets in April, 2010. A graduate of Colorado College (1979) with a degree in English Literature, Tim returned to school to earn his Masters of Public Health from Drexel University in 2005. He has worked in residential construction for more than three decades but is now focusing full-time on his writing. He currently serves on the executive board of Graham’s Foundation, an organization for parents and families going through the journey of prematurity.

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