27/07/2010 06:32 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Quads Come Home After Six Month Fight For Survival

The delighted parents of quadruplets Lucy, Bethany, Millie and Ellie were celebrating today as their babies were reunited at home for the first time.

The four baby girls, who were born 12 weeks early, have not been together since their birth in January. They have since spent up to six months in special care fighting for their lives.

Mum Gillian Holden defied odds of 750,000-1 to conceive them naturally.

But she but was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia during her pregnancy and had an emergency caesarean at St Mary's Children's Hospital in Manchester when her organs began to fail.

The four babies were born at 28 weeks and weighed just 7lb 6oz between them. They were immediately separated in order to give them specialist care.

Ellie, who has chronic lung disease, was the last one to return home yesterday to join her sisters. Lucy was allowed home in May, and Bethany and Millie, who also have chronic lung disease and require daily sessions on an oxygen generator, were discharged in June.

Baby Ellie had to remain at Royal Bolton Hospital until last Friday as doctors helped her overcome her sleep apnoea.

Gillian, a former nursery nurse, told the Daily Mail: 'I'm absolutely over the moon - I couldn't be happier.'