A first: Czech woman becomes pregnant with quintuplets
Pregnant mother-to-be Alexandra Kinova from the Czech Republic was flabbergasted when doctors had an unexpected surprise for her. A check-up showed that she wouldn't be giving birth to the twins she thought she'd be having at the beginning of her pregnancy.
Instead, more babies were on their way. At first, she was told that she'd be having triplets. Following further tests, this number then became four before a fifth baby was detected soon afterward.
Commenting on the extremely rare occurrence, head nurse Gabriela Kalouskova said, "we've never had quintuplets! It was wonderful and unique." Indeed, the odds of having quintuplets are 50 million-to-one. According to reports, this was the first set of quins to be born in the Czech Republic. However, the surprises didn't end there.
Alexandra's pregnancy was particularly astounding as she had conceived naturally and hadn't taken any fertility pills. Women usually give birth to twins or more children when they've undergone treatment for problems with conceiving.
Alexandra and her husband Antonin had actually hoped for a little sister for their son, who was four at the time. "I wanted a large family, but I didn't expect it to be this big," said Alexandra.
All five children, four boys and a girl, were delivered by C-section in 2013. They're called Michael, Daniel, Martin, Alex, and Terezka.
Since the couple didn't have a large income, many people sent them donations to help support the new arrivals.
Their hometown Milovice provided them with a larger apartment and two helpers. Items such as baby clothes and strollers were donated by people who had been touched by their story.
You can see Alexandra during her pregnancy in the following video (in Czech with reports in other languages):
With a bit of support, the quintuplets can look forward to a happy childhood. We wish the family all the best for the future!