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Quadruplets born at Banner Desert Medical Center on Thursday


MESA, Ariz. (Jan. 27, 2012) – Can you predict babies’ personalities and behavior before they are born? If so, we think the Tyk quads, born to Senika and Christopher Tyk of Chandler on Thursday at Banner Desert Medical Center, are destined to be really good kids.

This foursome behaved well, grew fast, let their mother work until her final month of pregnancy and very nearly made it to their scheduled c-section date.  In fact, Senika spent only five days of her pregnancy hospitalized despite carrying more than 15 lbs of babies.

Introducing Chandler’s newest and best citizens:

  • Baby A Carter William 11:24 am 4 lbs, 5.4 oz
  • Baby B Savannah Lynn 11:25 am 3 lbs, 14.9 oz
  • Baby C Preston Charles 11:26 am 3 lbs, 6.9 oz
  • Baby D Hailey Mae 11:26 am 3 lbs, 14.9 oz

Each of the babies, through their middle name, is named after a grandparent. The babies are the first for Senika Tyk, 31, and Chris Tyk, 33. They were born after nearly 33 weeks of pregnancy.

According to the Tyks’ perinatologist Curtis Cook, MD, the national average for delivery of quadruplets is at 30 weeks of pregnancy.

Every day beyond that goal is a bonus for the health and wellbeing of the babies. However, there is a constant consideration about what is in the best interest of mom and each of her babies.  In this case, mom’s blood pressure was creeping up, suggesting the time for the safest delivery had arrived. Thirty-eight to 40 weeks is considered full-term in a singleton pregnancy.

The babies were born at Banner Desert Medical Center, but are now receiving care at Cardon Children’s Medical Center. Mom is expected to be discharged early next week.

“The babies are in good condition, but will probably spend a few weeks in the Cardon Children’s neonatal intensive care unit,” said Michael Lang, MD, the neonatologist caring for the babies.

Cardon Children’s Medical Center provides comprehensive care for children-- from newborns to teens. Offering a state-of-the-art facility at U.S. 60 and Dobson Road in Mesa, Cardon Children’s has greatly expanded the scope of pediatric care in the Valley including 208 inpatient pediatric beds, neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, a pediatric emergency department, medical and surgical specialty care, cancer care, outpatient services, community education and more.

Cardon Children’s Medical Center is owned and operated by Phoenix-based Banner Health, one of the largest, non-profit health systems in the country with 23 hospitals in seven states.  For more information on Cardon Children’s Medical Center, visit

Banner Desert Medical Center is a 549-bed facility that provides a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services. The hospital is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the state of Arizona, and serves as a tertiary referral center for the East Valley of metropolitan Phoenix. Centers of excellence include high risk pregnancy, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, cardiology, oncology and emergency medicine. For more information about Banner Desert Medical Center, visit



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