An Australian mother has successfully given birth to five healthy babies in a rare pregnancy involving quintuplets at the King Edward Memorial Hospital in Subiaco, Western Australia.
The 26-year-old gave birth to all five babies despite her doctor's advice to abort three in order to give the remaining two a 100 percent chance of survival.
However, Kim Tucci decided to pursue the birth of her quintuplets.
"After my initial ultrasound I was told I could consider the selection method to give 2 babies the best chance in life," She said in a Facebook post back in September.
Tucii added that she already loved her five babies even if they hadn't been borm yet. She also said in the post that she believes the life of a child begins when the heart starts beating.
On Thursday last week, Kim, and her husband Vaughn, welcomed the five new members into their family. Her newborn kids include one boy and four girls, which increased the number of their kids from 3 to 8.
While the babies were born healthy, they came out at only 30 weeks, or 10 weeks earlier than usual as there was not enough space in the mother's womb to allow all babies to grow and develop. The babies weighed an average of 2.5 pounds.
Kim said that both she and her husband were just looking for another baby to add to their three kids. But when the sonographer counted the number of fetuses inside her womb, she was both very happy and surprised at the same time.
Vaughn has since referred to the babies as her "five little miracles."
According to Lifesite News, the names of the newborn babies are Keith, Ali, Penelope, Tiffany, and Beatrix.