A picture of some adorable Australian quintuplets have broken the internet, touching hearts and going viral, after their mom shared a picture of them.
The Australian mom of the new quintuplets, Ms Kim Tucci, in January shared the photos she took of the five babies – Keith, Ali, Penelope, Tiffany and Beatrix – including one showing her posing with the five babies. Kim Tucci, 26, gave birth to her four daughters and one son – who were conceived naturally – in a labour that lasted just two minutes.
A team of 50 doctors and nurses assisted with the planned – but failed – Cesarean. All of the children, who were born naturally, were born healthy. Though the chance of conceiving quintuplets naturally is about one in 55 million, Kim Tucci had an easy time during labor.
Afterwards she took to her Facebook page to share her experience writing:
“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.”
In an interview with Australian current affairs program 60 Minutes in April, Mrs Tucci revealed that while pregnant with the quintuplet, she felt like her body was “closing down”.
She recounted that doctors had previously offered her the choice of saving two of the babies while aborting the others, because of serious health risks to both her and the unborn children.
Mrs Tucci told 60 Minutes
“No one thought I could do it, and I did, I showed everyone in my life”.
Besides the five babies born at once, Mrs Tucci and her husband Vaughn already have a nine-year-old son, and two daughters aged two and four – bringing the total number of their children to 8.
They wanted a third child, preferably a boy, but got much more than they hoped for: four girls and one boy. The couple told media organizations that they didn’t use IVF, a medical procedure known to boost chances of multiple births. The Tuccis have been asking people to help raise funds for a van large enough to fit their entire family.
Mrs Tucci’s story has drawn international recognition via her Facebook page, Surprised by Five, where she tells the story of pregnancy and delivery of the five. Tucci’s grandmother, Denise Waddell, also created a GoFundMe page not up to a month ago to raise money for a van to enable the family ditch travelling in three separate cars. As at the time of this report, it had raised almost $33,000 of its $40,000 goal.
Erin Elizabeth Photography, a local studio that specializes in newborn and family portraiture and which had assisted in documenting Mrs Tucci’s pregnancy, shot the quintuplets’ photo.