Sgt. Charles Gaytan, an active duty military police officer, is stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. But on Dec. 30, 2016, his wife wife, Kayla, bore him quadruplet babies on Dec. 30, 2016. But that’s the culmination of a wonderful story and the beginning of another.
He describes the beginning of this saga:
“My wife and I have been through a lot, just this year. In January 2016, we got married, we were so excited to begin our lives together. A week later, we found out that Kayla was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. (a blood cancer). She battled a gruesome 5 months of chemotherapy, getting treatments every other week. In May, we were told awesome news, Kayla was in remission. However, we were told that having another child would be unlikely.”
They were told that the cancer fighting drugs would most likely result in early menopause, thereby preventing them from having children.
But great news was given to them one month later: doctors informed them that Kayla was pregnant with four babies. Everyone was ecstatic.
“At 28 weeks pregnant, Kayla had a biopsy and the results confirmed a relapse of her Hodgkins Lymphoma. It’s been characterized as refractory disease so a stem cell transplant followed by 16 months of chemotherapy is needed. With a heavy heart, we along with our medical team decided to deliver the babies by C Section at 30 weeks. As Kayla needs to begin treatment right away. Our quadruplets were born December 30, 2016. They are currently in the NICU and trying their best to breathe. We feel very blessed.”
Yes they are. But their future remains unclear as Kayla resumed chemotherapy immediately after her quadruplets were born.
“I’ve been given a 50-percent chance of surviving five years because [the cancer] has come back so quickly.”
In the mean time, Gaytan’s friends established a GoFundMe account set-up in their name. When Sgt. Gaytan appeared on Bill O’Reilly’s television news show, The O’Reilly Factor, on January 26, 2017, the total amount in the account was about $8000. O’Reilly reported 24 hours later that the amount was almost $1 million.
The Gaytans are optimistic about their future. Indeed Kayla reported,
“We know that (God has) got to have a different plan up there for us, and surely everything’s going to work out in the end,”
We all wish the Gaytans the best.