Almost 11 years ago, Steve Mathias took a home movie of his quadruplet daughters sprawled on the bed with their mom, all laughing in unison. He could have had no idea how popular his "laughing quads" video would become, or that it would win his family the $250,000 prize on America's Funniest Home videos.
The Mathias Quadruplets, Grace, Emily, Mary Claire and Anna, have been no strangers to the camera since their baby days. They've been featured on Oprah and Leno, and are the stars of a 3-part miniseries on Discovery Health Channel. Viewers can't get enough of their delightful smiles, but it's their genetics that really make them stand out - the Mathias quadruplets are extremely rare identical quads.
Most quadruplets are born very early, and the Mathias Quads are no different. They were born at 28 weeks, after the pregnancy became more than mom Allison Mathias's heart and lungs could handle. Although they were at risk for a number of severe health problems, the "laughing quads" overcame all the odds. To look at the girls now, you'd never know how early they were!