BAYTOWN - A Baytown mother of five and her husband were stunned to learn she is pregnant with quadruplets.
The Baytown couple lost their home in Harvey and are living in two apartments with their five children.
They had just returned from a month-long vacation in Ruth's native Kenya when she learned she was pregnant. She works in a refinery and had to have a blood test to return to work.
"My foreman comes and tells me like 'Ruth you can't go back, it shows that you are pregnant. And I was like, to be pregnant at this age, it's so odd to be over 40 years of age and be pregnant and mid-40's is like impossible."
Ruth, 43, and her husband Joshua went to the hospital to get a second opinion. There they received the news that they were not only pregnant -- but expecting four babies.The couple was not expecting anymore children. Ruth was in shock and disbelief.
Ruth and her husband are now trying to figure out how they will support a family of 11 -- and where they will put everyone.
"We have stuff everywhere in the house because we were trying as much as possible to move what we could save out."
In Ruth's native culture, women are shamed and embarrassed for being pregnant after 40. But Ruth says her husband and family have been very supportive after the initial shock wore off.
Ruth will be admitted to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston on Thursday. She will undergo five hours of testing for the babies to make sure their hearts and brains are healthy enough for delivery. Once they're born -- they will remain in NICU for a month so doctors can monitor their progress.
"How do you go in, they take the babies out and then you leave the babies in the hospital and then you go home and come back, see them and then go home?" Ruth asked. "I know I can get through it, it's just going to be hard to think about it."
But she is keeping her faith in God that he will see her family through this difficult time.
"With God, it's possible and I believe when God gives you something and allows you to get in a certain situation, he already prepares a way. If you cling on to him, you will get out successful."
Her church family has set up a gofundme page to help with expenses. They are also collecting donations for the family at 3175 S. Major Drive in Beaumont. Ruth says they need everything.