Mary Ann Fischer: Mother of Quints Avoided Fame

Today, moms-to-be usually see their progeny on a sonogram about halfway through a pregnancy, months before they give birth. Back in 1963, however, such sophisticated imaging technology wasn’t yet available. So when Mary Ann Fischer, a 30-year-old women in Aberdeen, S.D., got exceptionally big seven months into her pregnancy – “I was gaining four or five pounds a day,” she later recalled – her obstetrician, Dr. James Berbos, did an X-ray of her body. When he saw the film, he …