Five Australian babies are home from the hospital after the rare, naturally conceived quintuplets’ mom refused doctors’ recommendations to abort some of them.
The quintuplets were born on Jan. 28 in Perth, Australia to Kim and Vaughn Tucci after spending 29 weeks in the womb, LifeNews reported. Today, quintuplets Keith, Tiffany, Penelope, Beatrix and Allie are healthy, happy little babies who are adjusting to their life at home with their parents and two older sisters, according to the family’s GoFundMe page.
Kim’s pregnancy was very rare and high risk. Naturally conceived quintuplets are extremely unusual — a one in 60 million chance. Early in her pregnancy, Kim and her husband learned that some doctors did not celebrate their quintuplets’ rare existence. Instead, they encouraged Kim to abort up to three of them, saying an abortion would give the other babies a better chance to survive.
On September 26, 2015, she wrote about the experience on her blog, Surprised by Five:
After my initial ultrasound I was told I could consider the selection method [abortion] 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! Was I selfish for not giving two the chance of 100% survival?? All I knew is that I already love them and that every heart beat I heard I connect with them more.
For me life starts when a heart starts beating and all I know for sure is that I will do whatever it takes to bring them into this world healthy.
Tucci’s pregnancy with her quintuplets was far from easy. Kim blogged about pain, extreme discomfort, sleepless nights, constant trips to the bathroom and a 6,000-calorie a day diet to sustain her five unborn babies.
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The Australian mom said all the aches and pains, the stretch marks and hospital stays were worth it, knowing that her babies are healthy. She also thanked her husband for his constant support through her pregnancy struggles.
“My husband always reminds me I should wear my stripes with pride and that I should be proud of them and what my body has achieved. Without him I would have broken down a long time ago,” Kim wrote.
Now that the babies are home, friends and family are organizing a fundraiser to help the Tuccis buy a car big enough to transport their entire family. Support the family here.
Denise, Kim’s grandmother, said the Tuccis are wonderful parents, but they need help caring for their seven children. She said the quintuplets recently had a doctor appointment, and it took three cars and several family members to get them all there.
“Each day they strive to make their family as happy as they possibly can without passing on their worries and concerns to each other,” she wrote on the GoFundMe page. “… the pressures placed on this young couple go far beyond what many of us could ever imagine.”
On Mother’s Day, Kim posted a message of thanks on her blog: “We are blown away by the support and so thankful for each and everyone of you. A Happy Mother’s Day indeed.”
The babies’ amazing story has captured the attention of millions of people across the world. Through news interviews, photos and social media, people are discovering the mother’s courageous decision to choose life for them all and sacrifice her time, energy and comfort to do so. Her blog now has more than 250,000 followers.
Kim recently posted on her blog: “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.”