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Four quadruplet sisters have followed in their mother’s footsteps by getting hospital jobs in the NHS.

Aleena, Anjel, Aneetta and Aneesha, all 21, decided to go into the caring professions after being inspired by Joby Shibu Mathew, 50.

All four sisters qualified this year after beginning their training in 2018 and completing placements at the 550-bed Ipswich Hospital.

Aleena, Anjel and Aneetta started jobs as nurses on Monday at the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge.

They all completed their studies at the University of Suffolk – where their mum was also a student.

And Aneesha became a physiotherapist two weeks ago at Kettering Hospital, after studying in Norwich.Mrs Shibu Mathew previously worked as a nurse in Oman and India before she and her husband Shibu Mathew, 53, moved to Britain in 2007.

Their daughters who were staying with relatives in India joined their parents when they were aged eight in 2018 and later studied at Ed Sheeran’s old school Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham.

Mrs Shibu Mathew initially worked as a senior carer at a nursing home because she was unable to use her Indian nursing qualification.

She began her nursing training in 2014 and qualified in 2017, joining the Oncology department at Ipswich Hospital.

Speaking of her pride in her daughters, she said: “They said to me they saw my passion for caring and being a nurse and that that they wanted to do it too.

“Nursing options are great for them and it’s just how it’s worked out that they all wanted to do the same thing – with Aneesha the slight difference with physiotherapy.

“They have always been very close and love each other very much. It was so emotional to say goodbye when they moved out.

“I really enjoy my job and being part of the team – this is an amazing opportunity for all of them and I know they will love it.

“My husband Shibu and I are very proud of all of them.”

Aneesha said she and her non-identical sisters had all been determined to work for the NHS like their mother.

She said: “When she (mum) completed her degree, it was a huge inspiration for us all. We’d grown up in an environment where we saw how hard she worked and why she loved it.

“It is funny my sisters and I have gone into the same career, but I think we often try to be different and we seem to end up choosing the same thing. It happens with lots of things in our life.

“I was attracted to physiotherapy because I wanted to help people recover and get them back to their lives.”

Mr Mathew said: “My wife has been the role model for our daughters. I am so proud of all of them.

“We didn’t have children for years and we were working in separate countries when I was in the United Arab Emirates and my wife was in Oman.

“But we were seeing each other in holidays and she became pregnant. She had quadruplets naturally. She didn’t take any medication or anything.

“They must be the only quadruplets who are all working for the NHS. As a family, we are all very proud of the NHS.”