An Australian woman who gave birth to quintuplets – Keith, Ali, Penelope, Tiffany and Beatrix – in January has shared the photos she took of them with the world.
Under a team of 50 doctors and nurses, two minutes were all it took for Ms Tucci to give birth to her four daughters and one son. All the babies, who were conceived naturally, were born healthy.
The chances of conceiving quintuplets naturally is about one in 55 million.
Ms Tucci’s story had gained traction through her Facebook page, Surprised by Five, where she blogged about her pregnancy.
“50 fingers 50 toes, 6 hearts beating at once. My body fought the toughest of battles to get five babies here safely. Everything I did I did for them,” she wrote on one post.
Her pregnancy wasn’t without complications – doctors had given her the choice of saving two babies and giving up on the other three, as they had feared there would be serious health risks to Ms Tucci and her unborn children. But clearly, a mother’s love triumphs over all obstacles – look at these bundles of joy now!
“After my initial ultrasound I was told I could consider the selection method to give 2 babies the best chance in life… I watched a YouTube video on the procedure and I cried, I could never do that!” Ms Tucci said.
And while you’re squealing over the newborns’ cuteness, donate to Ms Tucci and her husband’s GoFundMe campaign to raise money for their nine-seater car.
By Lee Min Kok, The Straits Times, 11 May 2016