A woman in Utah has given birth to a healthy set of quintuplets, with the help of eight doctors, a dozen nurses and one anaesthetist.
Guillermina and Fernando Garcia's five babies weighed between 2 and 3 pounds each, and will be staying at the University of Utah hospital in Salt Lake City for an expected six weeks. Doctors have said they can foresee no problems with how the children will develop.
Guillermina, 34, was 31.5 weeks pregnant when she went into labour. This was beginning to cause the couple concern, as quintuplets are only expected to be in the womb for up to 28 weeks. Dr Elizabeth O'Brien, from the Intensive Care Unit, has said that "the extra time in the womb has helped the babies' lungs develop more. They are all doing remarkably well".
The birth of quintuplets is very rare; less than 10 sets are born each year in the United States, and this was the first set of quintuplets to be born at the hospital.
The father spoke at a conference on Tuesday last week saying "We fell like we are dreaming. It's incredible that we have five babies".
The couple had been struggling to conceive and so were using fertility drugs. These types of drugs are well known to increase your chances of having a multiple birth.
All five babies had to be delivered by caesarean section in two minute intervals. They have been named Esmeralda, Fatima, Marissa, Fernando and Jordan. Mother and babies are all said to be doing well.
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