The Australian mother who had a “1 in 55 million” pregnancy speaks out about her incredible experience.
Kimberly Tucci gave birth to quintuplets—four girls and one boy—on Jan. 28, 2016.
Conceived naturally, the babies were born at just shy of 30 weeks and are named Tiffany, Penelope, Beatrix, Allie, and Keith.
On May 11, the 26-year-old mother spoke with the BBC about the challenges of her extraordinary situation.
“They all cry at once, three have really bad reflux,” said Kim. “It’s like they’re all in sync. When one cries, the next one cries, and so on and so on and so on.”
“Our house is absolutely wild but we are enjoying it.” The couple already have two daughters, aged two and four. Kim has a son, aged 9, from a previous relationship.
“For me the biggest challenge would be having to split myself into so many people just to give enough time and attention to everyone.”
Despite their love for their siblings, Kim said that her elder children have had to overcome a “huge learning curve.”
“They’ve had to learn to share Mummy and to share Daddy. And that the babies do need a lot of time and that they do need a lot of attention. “
“We’ve been going to hospital appointments in multiple cars. So it has been tough.”
Kim’s grandmother set up a GoFundMe page in hopes of raising the capital needed to buy a van large enough to accommodate their whole family. Currently the family needs to take three cars to go to doctors visits.
“The fundraising is going really well” continued Kim, “We are hoping in the next few days to have enough to get our van.”
“We have so much help and we are so appreciative of everyone who has stepped in.”
“I was a mess, to be honest,” said Kim of when she learned he was carrying five fetuses. “I didn’t know if I was really up to the task.”
“My husband came down to the ultrasound place and basically told me we could do anything. He’s had that attitude since day one. Still till today he is a very positive person. Without him I wouldn’t be able to do it.”
Doctors told Kim and Vaughn that they could employ a selection method “to give two babies the best chance of survival. But it just wasn’t something that we could personally do ourselves.”
On Surprised by Five, a blog Kim has set up to document her pregnancy, she wrote: “I watched a YouTube video on the procedure and I cried, I could never do that! Was I selfish for not giving two the chance of 100% survival?? All I knew is that I already love them and that every heart beat I heard I connect with them more.”
“We took on the risks,” Kim told BBC, “but it has all paid off. It was meant to be. I loved them from the moment I heard their hearts beating. I accomplished my goal. I would do it all over again for them. I am so in love with all my children”