23-year-old Alexandra Kinova and her partner Antonin were expecting their second child together, or so they thought. Becoming a mother at such a young age can sometimes be a little bit scary, but since the couple already had one kiddo under their belt, the next round should have been a breeze.
However, soon the doctors informed the couple, who are from the Czech Republic, that they would be bringing a third child into the world, too – Alexandra was pregnant with twins! The delighted parents probably couldn’t believe they were going to have two little lucky charms.
Fast forward a few months later, and Alexandra was shocked when her doctors told her she wasn’t having twins after all. The news might sound crushing at first, but she didn’t actually lose any of her babies.
Alexandra and Antonin had never planned on becoming famous, but what happened in the delivery room that day made headlines around the world, and sealed their fate in Czech history.
After Alexandra went for a checkup midway through her pregnancy, stunned doctors told her that her twins had doubled in size, and they saw four little heads instead of two. The young couple were now going to have quadruplets!
Or, so they thought. Again, the doctors had somehow miscounted – a month later, scans showed there was a fifth head! With all those babies hiding inside of her growing belly, it was probably hard to get an accurate ultrasound reading.
The couple didn’t actually know all of their genders before birth – a couple of cheeky kiddos had been playing hide and seek from the ultrasound scan! However, mom and dad were super excited when they welcomed 4 boys, Deniel, Michael, Alex, and Martin, and 1 girl named Terezka.
According to The Telegraph, obstetrician Alena Mechurova did a bit of research and discovered that Alexandra actually made local history that day:
“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.”
The hospital had enlisted the help of 40 hospital staff, including doctors and midwives, to deliver the quintuplets. The chief medical doctor of the neonatal unit, Zbynek Stranak, said the births took place without complications.
The chances of conceiving quadruplets naturally are one in seven million, but both mom and dad say their families have a history of twin births. With their combined genes, it’s no wonder they more than quadrupled their baby luck.
Can you believe this?! I hope they have plenty of family and friends to help out. Congratulations to the parents on bringing these precious nuggets of joy into the world.