Dad Home From Afghanistan For Quad's Birth In Nevada

RENO (AP) - An Army soldier deployed in Afghanistan is on a two-week leave to witness his wife give birth to quadruplets in Nevada.

Army Spec. Joe Shatswell has been reunited with his wife, Darah, in Reno, where she is in a hospital awaiting the birth in the next several days.

The 22-year-old father had not seen his wife since the couple found out they were having quadruplets.

The mother will mark her 30th week of pregnancy Tuesday. Doctors
hope the babies will weigh at least 3 pounds each.

The pregnancy was a surprise because the Shatswells decided to wait until after his deployment ends in July 2009 to expand their family. They have a 2-year-old daughter, Zowie.

The 24-year-old mother said her husband would be able to stay in Nevada until the end of October before he returns to Afghanistan. The Shatswells, stationed in Fort Hood, Texas, relocated to Gardnerville, about 45 miles south of Reno, over the summer after they discovered the quadruplets were on the way.

The couple have family there.

The community has rallied around the couple, donating everything from diapers to gift cards.
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