It's time for your dose of ‘aww’ for the day: An Australian mother who gave birth to quintuplets in January has released a photo shoot of her beautiful new arrivals.
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.
Releasing the pictures on her Facebook page, Surprised by Five, Kim, 26, from Perth Australia posted: "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." And we can totally see why - aren’t they just adorable?!
But stop the press - the cute 5 may not even be here if it weren’t thanks to their mum’s determination. When doctors told her that she should consider only taking two of the babies to full term due to extreme health risks she didn’t give up, defying all the odds to see the pregnancy through. "No-one thought I could do it, and I did, I showed everyone in my life. So, I think it's the first time that I've actually been proud of myself." Mrs Tucci told the Australian current affairs programme 60 Minutes, although she also admitted that during the pregnancy she sometimes felt like her body was "shutting down".
The odds of conceiving quintuplets naturally are one in 55 million and the birth itself was an elaborate event – involving 50+ doctors and nurses. Thankfully for Kim and her husband Vaughn, they were all born safely and are after months of careful monitoring, they have finally been allowed to come home to join the family’s other three children, nine-year-old son and daughters aged two and four.
As you can imagine, looking after 5 new-borns is a round the clock job – involving the changing of roughly 50 dirty nappies and eight feeds each a day. However, the family are not without help thanks to Perth and Districts Multiple Births Association, who started up a community support program to pair volunteers with the couple to help. With a whopping 150 volunteers applying, the couple are hardly short of help. And why wouldn’t you want to with this lot?