Alexandra Kinova, 23, and her partner Antonin Kroscen were excited to begin growing their family.
The pair already had one child together, and learned that they were expecting twins.
Both parents had a history of twins in their families, and were overjoyed to learn they would carry on the tradition.
A few months later, doctors gave them surprising news: they were actually expecting four babies.
But a month after that, they were shocked when an ultrasound discovered a fifth baby!
“When we finally found a fifth head, I started to cry,” said Kinova, whose chances of conceiving them naturally were one in seven million.
The family was unable to know what the sex of each baby was, as two of them were hidden from the ultrasound.
But the family took the news in stride, as Kinova planned to breastfeed all five babies.
‘The first child I nursed for almost a year and a half and I want to breastfeed now. ‘While I know that some will be on artificial nutrition.’
“I very much look forward to seeing how they will look,” Kinova said before giving birth.
“It’s a great charm, but we cannot see anything properly – only a head or legs.”
When it was time for the babies to be born, doctors scheduled twice the amount of doctors and midwives to almost 40 people for the delivery.
The head doctor of the neonatal unit said there were no complications during the procedure.
The Kinova family welcomed four new baby boys named Deniel, Michael, Alex and Martin and a baby girl named Tereza.
The birth was also a historical day in Kinova’s home country, the Czech Republic, as their birth was the first recorded birth of quintuplets.
“In our country (birth) statistics have been recorded since 1949 and there’s no mention of quintuplets. In the Czech Republic quintuplets are born on average once every 480 years,” doctor Alena Mechurova said.
Mom and the babies were placed in intensive care in good condition, and the babies were given a 95% chance of growing up completely healthy.
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