Kim and Vaughn Tucci wanted to try for one more child to “round off their little family” when they discovered they were set to have five more instead – a 1 in 60 million chance.
Now, five months after they were born, Ms Tucci has described how it feels to be responsible for so many little people all at once.
“Fifty fingers, 50 toes, six hearts beating at once,” she says.
“My body fought the toughest of battles to get five babies here safely. Everything I did, I did for them.”
The 26-year-old mother took just two minutes to give birth to her four daughters and one son, who were conceived naturally. A team of 50 doctors and nurses assisted with the planned caesarean and all of the children were born healthy.
Australian mother Kim Tucci who gave birth to quintuplets on January 28, 2016, just shy of 30 weeks, released a photo shoot of her surprise newborns.
Tiffany weight 1170g
Penelope weight 1160g
Beatrix weight 1210g
Allie weight 1200g
Keith weight 1269g
Mrs Tucci’s story gained prominence through her Facebook page, Surprised by Five, where she recorded the details of her pregnancy. Family photographer, Erin Elizabeth who helped document Mrs Tucci’s pregnancy, organised the quintuplets’ photo shoot.
“50 fingers 50 toes, 6 hearts beating at once. My body fought the toughest of battles to get five babies here safely,” Mrs Tucci wrote when she posted the photos.
“Everything I did I did for them.”
In an interview , Mrs Tucci said she felt like her body was “shutting down” during the pregnancy and that doctors originally offered her the choice of saving two of the babies while terminating the others, due to serious health risks to both her and the unborn children
“No-one thought I could do it, and I did, I showed everyone in my life,” Mrs Tucci told 60 Minutes. She and her husband Vaughn already have a nine-year-old son and daughters aged two and four.
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