It takes a large income to support a family of eight, but fans may be surprised to learn that patriarch Daniel Hodges doesn't work at all! In fact, the Hodges Half Dozen star — who has a set of newborn quints and an older son with his wife, Liz — is a medical student.
The former US marine and paramedic hopes to work with Veterans Affairs as a physician after medical school to help serve those who have served. He credits the quints for shaping him into the type of physician he wants to be. "It reminds you that you don't know what’s happening in peoples' lives, and you have to treat everyone the way you want to be treated," Daniel said in an interview with Texas A&M Today earlier this year. "I’ve always tried to live that way, but this really brings it home. Not everyone knows that I have quints, and they may not realize why I’m a little sluggish compared to what I know is my normal self."
The father-of-six also credits his fellow Aggies for their support throughout the experience. His medical school classmates have donated food, money, and a helping hand. "The Aggie network is so cool; camaraderie of Aggies is a real and tangible thing," he said. "I feel like all my classmates have really rallied around us."
As if juggling quintuplets and medical school weren't enough, Daniel can now add reality star to his resume. When asked why he decided to go through with the show when TLC reached out to them, he responded, "Initially we weren’t sure about it, but we ultimately didn’t want to close a door on something that may be a blessing for us and others." He added, "We wanted another wholesome show out there for families, and we get to document what we’re going through. With five little ones it can be hard to stop and remember to take pictures and videos of the experience. Now we not only get to share this experience, we will get the opportunity to look back and share it with our children later."
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