It’s almost impossible to remember a time when people were tethered to landline phones with cords that barely stretched more than a few feet. Cellphones now allow the freedom to wander while you chat, but to be honest, most people prefer to just text instead.
Texting makes communication so simple nowadays, but it opens up a whole new avenue of operator errors. And when Abby Fink sent a text to a wrong number, she was grossly unprepared for the snowballing aftermath of her mistake.
Noah Jakeman was a smiling four year old from Arizona who had a family that loved and supported him. He was one of five children that his parents, Alex and Shaun, showered with care.
The family was a cohesive unit, and Alex and Shaun often celebrated their kids with festive and fun photos. Nothing could tear them apart. But life for Noah and his parents was far from easy.
When he was born, Noah was diagnosed with Lennox Gasteau Syndrome, a rare and severe form of epilepsy. If that wasn’t tough enough, he also had autism and brittle bones that completely inhibited his mobility.
Because of his health issues, Noah required around-the-clock care from his parents. They also had a close family friend named Abby who assisted as well. But, one afternoon out of the blue, things took a turn for the worse.
Due to a weak immune system, Noah developed pneumonia and found it difficult to breathe. His parents rushed him to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital where doctors examined him and gave the parents even worse news.
Not only was Noah struggling to breathe, but his respiratory system was failing, and without immediate help, he’d die. Doctors rushed him to the Intensive Care Unit while Alex and Shaun watched in horror.
Miraculously, the team of doctors stabilized Noah, and his breathing returned to normal. Once he was secure, his family was allowed inside his room. They prayed their son would pull through.
Abby Fink, the Jakeman’s close family friend, was equally as concerned about Noah. She spent countless hours with the young boy, and she knew how stressful his hospitalization was. So, she came up with a way to alleviate some stress.
By cooking the family dinner, she figured, she could at least take away the stress of Alex and Shaun having to feed the kids every night. The parents were taking turns in the hospital and didn’t have time to cook.
She needed to coordinate a time to drop off dinner, so she texted Shaun: “Hey brother Jakeman, this is sister Fink, we are bringing you dinner tomorrow. I was wondering what time would be a good time to bring it over.”
It took a few minutes to get a reply, but she was completely confused by it. The response read, “Oh what are you bringing me, I don’t like seafood.” This person was not Shaun Jakeman.
Abby apologized to the person on the other end and explained the reason behind the text: she knew a sick boy in trouble. She didn’t expect the conversation to go any further, but the person actually asked what he could do to help Noah.
The person told Abby his name was Bill — although he could have been using an alias considering he had no idea who Abby was — and he seemed genuinely concerned for little Noah. Abby asked Bill to pray.
Bill, however, politely told Abby he wasn’t religious, but he would find another way to help the Jakemans. After some thinking, Bill knew exactly what he’d do, and it involved social media outlets.
With Noah on his mind, Bill fired up Facebook and reached out to all his friends — he had a quite a vast network of them — asking for donations. The response was swift and not what he expected.
Specifically, Bill had asked for cards and gifts to be sent to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, so that when Noah woke up, he’d see just how much everyone around him cared. When the time finally came, his reaction was worth it all.
Although Noah couldn’t show much emotion much — he was just emerging from a medical emergency, after all — his parents knew he was ecstatic over the show of support.
During an interview Abby gave with the local news, she said, ” I told him (Bill) he was an angel sent to help this sweet family.” She was absolutely correct.
Regardless of who this “Bill” person was, he genuinely wanted to help the Jakeman family. Some people speculate that he might’ve been inspired by another wrong number incident from Georgia.
From the second that Mark and Lindsey Lashley tied the knot, they knew they wanted to become parents. The Bainbridge, Georgia, couple had a dog, which was a nice starter child. But they wanted the real deal.
So when they got confirmation in 2015 that a baby was on the way, it was one of the happiest moments of their lives. It was also a very busy time. They had only so many months to get ready!
Like responsible parents, Lindsey and Mark took all kinds of steps to get ready for a newborn: buying new furniture, stocking up on supplies, and baby-proofing drawers and outlets. Of course, they found that they needed a little bit of help.
Mark’s mother Teresa volunteered her services during the final months of the pregnancy. She proved to be a big help and source of support, though the Lashley household got increasingly disorganized as the big day approached.
But by the time Lindsey went into labor, the whole family felt confident that they had every box checked. They whisked her off to the hospital, where the delivery got underway immediately. The Lashleys couldn’t have been more excited.
Unlike in the movies, babies don’t just pop out in real life. Deliveries take time, and Mark could barely contain himself as the moment of truth got closer and closer. In fact, he wanted to keep friends and family updated on Lindsey’s progress.
Mashing buttons in a frenzy, he sent out a storm of texts keeping everyone updated. But there were so many people to keep in the loop that he enlisted his mom to help with the message blast.
Teresa flew to her son’s side but was immediately overwhelmed. Between sending out so many texts and keeping an eye on her distressed daughter-in-law, she felt pulled in too many directions. She hardly even looked at her phone screen!
That same afternoon, brothers Dennis and Deorick Williams were enjoying a chill day to themselves when Dennis’ phone buzzed. He’d never seen the number before. Evidently, however, the message contained some very important news.
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It appeared that a complete stranger buzzed Dennis to fill him on a newborn baby. A nice guy as always, he congratulated the new grandmother and told her she had the wrong number. But that wasn’t all.
Many people, when barraged with a slew of messages from an unknown number, would’ve responded with a Liam Neeson-esque phone threat. Dennis, on the other hand, actually offered to zip over to the maternity ward and visit the family!
That was a confusing exchange, but Teresa forgot all about it when a baby girl finally emerged. Cason Knox Lindsey fell fast asleep in his mother’s arms — a beautiful moment. Then, the hospital phone rang.
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The call came from the hospital front desk. The receptionist apologized for disturbing them, but two visitors had just arrived and asked to see them. In disbelief, Teresa explained her earlier phone gaffe.
Minutes later, who made their way to Lindsey’s bedside but Dennis and Deorick! Laughing about the tech mix-up, they congratulated the Lashleys on their milestone and revealed that they had a few surprises in store.
With big smiles spreading across their faces, the brothers unveiled a collection of baby gifts! Mark and Lindsey were speechless. How many strangers would go so far out of their way to help out a family they never met?
Clearly, these brothers were in the highest echelon of Good Samaritans. They congratulated the family one more time before heading back home. Mark and Lindsey settled down for some well-deserved rest, but not before they spread the word about the Williams’ generous visit.
Word of the unbelievable encounter even reached Jimmy Kimmel, who called Dennis and Deorick on-air to figure out why they went so out of their way. They said they were just happy to help out, though one thing did disappoint them.
Dennis said they never actually got to see the baby! A doctor was examining Cason when he and Deorick arrived, so they had to settle for a photograph. They never regretted trekking out to the hospital, however.
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Mark and Lindsey — and eventually Cason — treasure that moment too. They learned that no pregnancy is without its twists and turns, no matter how well-prepared you are. Though in many other cases, these surprises come not from strangers but from close family members.
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Twin sisters Jill Noe and Whitney Bliesner were as close as could be, and they swore to always be there for each other. At the same time, the two women were pretty different — no carbon-copy twins here.
Despite Jill’s giving attitude toward her sister, she had a serious competitive streak. She was a star point guard on Arizona State University’s basketball team and was still in peak athletic form long after graduation. Her sister wasn’t as fortunate.
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For many years, Whitney seemed just as happy and healthy as her twin. But troubling symptoms started to pop up at an early age. Her vision and hearing deteriorated, sending the family into a panic.
Doctors diagnosed Whitney with type 2 neurofibromatosis, a genetic condition that causes tumors to spread across the nervous system. While the growths weren’t cancerous, they did dramatically change Whitney’s life.
Specifically, the disease made Whitney partially blind in one eye and permanently damaged her hearing. Nevertheless, she took it all in stride — and managed to find love.
Pete Bliesner was a dream come true for Whitney, who feared she’d never get the chance to marry after all her health scares. Jill proudly watched her twin tie the knot, and soon, the two sisters were discussing the future.
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Both Jill and Whitney valued family, so the new bride knew all along that she wanted kids of her own. Her neurofibromatosis, however, made pregnancy a difficult prospect. Years passed as she and Pete tried in vain to conceive.
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By 2018, Whitney was 35 and running out of time. With the old-fashioned method failing them, she and Pete began considering adoption. A surrogate was another option, albeit an expensive one. Jill then approached her sister with an idea.
The twins had long been close as could be, so wouldn’t it make the most sense for Jill to be Whitney’s surrogate? This gave the Bliesers the best shot at a child, plus they wouldn’t have to rely on a stranger.
Tearing up, Whitney accepted her sister’s offer. Using donor eggs and Pete’s sperm, they underwent in vitro fertilization. The twins could only hope that this last-ditch effort would pan out.
It didn’t take too long for the good news to arrive. The procedure worked, and soon Jill was swelling up like a balloon. She and Whitney were so excited as they went in for an ultrasound. However, they didn’t see quite what they’d expected.
Everyone in the family had their hopes up for an image of a healthy baby boy or girl. Instead, they saw two fetuses there. The family was about to welcome their second straight generation of twins!
This revelation blew Jill’s mind. Though no pregnancy was easy, she now had to deal with carrying two babies at once. The hardened athlete had to admit that she had a daunting task ahead of her.
That fear, however, was nothing next to the excitement she felt for Pete and Whitney. Learning that they were expecting boys, the parents-to-be picked out names and ordered some custom onesies.
Even the lucky mom and her surrogate got in on the custom clothing order! Naturally, they had to order very different sizes, as Jill was in the thick of her final trimester. It wouldn’t be long before the moment of truth.
As trying as the conception was, the actual delivery went off without a hitch. Rhett and Rhenley were born in June 2019. The two sisters couldn’t believe they got to experience such a special moment together.
Jill actually felt grateful to be at the center of her sister’s life-changing event. “It’s my best friend, someone I’ve come into this world with so it was really a no-brainer that I’d offer to be her surrogate,” she said.
Rhett and Rhenley were a joy for the entire family. Whitney and Jill expected that the twins would become as good friends as they were. The brothers had such a bright future ahead of them.
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And after everything Whitney went through, starting a family made all her struggles worthwhile. “I’m a mom now,” she realized. “There are no words to describe it.” Of course, pregnancies have a way of surprising families, even when surrogates aren’t involved.
Just months after their wedding, Bethani and Tim Webb of Hythe in Alberta, Canada, were ecstatic to learn they were going to have a baby. They’d planned to wait a year before having a kid, but couldn’t help but be elated by the news.
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A few months afterward, during a routine visit at the doctor’s office, the couple was asked an unexpected question: did either of their families have histories of multiple births? Confused, Tim and Bethani both shook their heads.
That was when the doctor gave the couple the shock of a lifetime: “She turned the screen and she started counting babies and she counted baby one, baby two, baby three…” Bethani recalled. “You can stop at baby three. Baby three is enough… and then she counted out the fourth baby.”
Bethani immediately started to panic. Obviously, quadruplets would be an enormous challenge—and one that was incredibly rare. In fact, in 2015, there were only 228 sets of quadruplets born in the entire United States!
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Most families with quadruplets had the aid of fertility treatment; there’s also only a one-in-729,000 chance of having quadruplets naturally. So it was understandable that, when Bethani and Tim shared the news with their families, they assumed they were joking!
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Of course, they were entirely serious. The couple quickly considered the logistics. Bethani said that she “realized that we didn’t have a vehicle that could support four babies.” They would also need to temporarily move in with Tim’s mother, as their one-bedroom apartment simply wasn’t big enough for six people.
Their finances would be another issue. It’s a costly affair to raise just one child, let alone four! “Four strollers, four car seats, four cribs. Diapers—diapers everywhere,” Bethani said. All the while, the due date continued to loom…
The pregnancy itself went well until, at 33 weeks, Bethani was transferred to the larger Royal Alexandra Hospital in nearby Edmonton for a C-section. It was there that the couple finally welcomed their daughters—Abigail, Emily, Grace, and McKayla—into the world!
Remember how there was only a one-in-729,000 chance of having quadruplets through natural means? Well, the Webbs were even luckier, because the odds of all four of their babies being girls were just one in 15 million!
There are few guarantees with any pregnancy, but each one of the Webbs’ quadruplets was as healthy as she could be. “I feel overwhelmingly awesome that the babies are here,” Tim said. “I feel blessed.”
Becoming a dad took on a special meaning for Tim, who’d lost his father just a year before the quadruplets were born. Thankfully, he’d have plenty of chances to make his late father proud!
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Of course, nothing could help Tim prepare for being the only man in the house. He was largely outnumbered! Nonetheless, he was happy to have such a beautiful family, and he tried to take his role as a new dad in stride—exhausting as it might have been.
Though the babies were a handful, Bethani and Tim were completely in love with their big family—and they made sure to see the silver lining in everything, even when times were tough. “At least [we] get one nice perk to it all,” Bethani joked. “It was nice that we didn’t have to pick our favorite [baby names].”
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Despite being able to use all of their top name choices, the couple came across one unique problem: trying to tell each baby apart! They needed to find some way to help make the girls look visually distinct…
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Bethani and Tim developed a nifty color-coding system. They selected yellow for Grace, purple for Emily, blue for Abigail, and pink for McKayla—though those colors would change slightly. (Grace would eventually wear red while Abigail wore green, for instance.)
They painted the girls’ nails in designated colors, and the quadruplets would wear different-colored earrings once they were old enough to get their ears pierced. Still, Bethani and Tim enjoyed matching their daughters’ outfits. How could they resist?
Thankfully, Bethani and Tim observed that their daughters all displayed different personalities right away. It was important to them that they addressed each of their babies’ needs—and recognized them as individuals.
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With their rare birth and individual quirks, the young quadruplets and their adorable photos quickly took the internet by storm. Of course, one baby would be cute enough, but four identical babies were another story!
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Fortunately, the Webbs’ unique situation caught the eye of their local community. Caring neighbors in their hometown of Hythe set up a GoFundMe campaign to help offset the enormous costs. Some even held fundraisers for the family!
As hectic as it might have been, the Webbs were dedicated, and they quickly found a routine that worked for them. “I don’t know what I’d do without them,” Bethani said of her beautiful family. Just take a peek at what life was like for the Webbs below…
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