A 23-year-old woman gave birth to naturally-conceived quintuplets in Prague on Sunday. Officials say it's the first time in Czech Republic history that such a birth has occurred.
According to a report on the BBC, it took doctors just under two hours to deliver the five babies – four boys and one girl – by caesarean section. Zbynek Stranak, one of the doctors who delivered the quintuplets, said the birth took place “without any complications.”
The mother, Alexandra Kinova, originally thought she was pregnant with twins, but in March doctors said she was having quadruplets. In April, they told her to expect quintuplets instead.
The quintuplet's father told local newspaper Ceske Noviny about the train ride from his hometown to Prague. "I was crying all the way since I feared I would not manage it," he said. He eventually made it in time to witness the birth. “They are beautiful, but they look quite alike,” the father said after to the BBC. “I hope this will change. They cried a lot, and I'm glad they're in good shape."
According to Dr. Stranak, the quintuplets have a 95% chance of growing up healthy. Another doctor put the odds of giving birth to naturally-conceived quintuplets at 48 million to one.
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