DALLAS, Texas (AP) – A North Texas woman has given birth to premature quintuplets and doctors say the three girls and two boys are doing well.
Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas on Monday announced Opalyn Santos-Clark of Allen gave birth June 17 via cesarean section.
She and her husband, Rex K. Clark, welcome Vianca Quing at 2 pounds 14 ounces, Alessandra Roxy at 1 pound 12 ounces, Perrin Rex at 2 pounds 5 ounces, Noah Steve at 2 pounds 4 ounces and Scarlett Jessie at 2 pounds 15 ounces.
The babies were delivered several weeks early, at 31 weeks.
A statement from Parkland says Perrin Rex required surgery June 24 for a bowel issue but continues his recovery.
Santos-Clark, who’s recovering from the C-section, says she and her husband are “happy, grateful and relieved.”
Married in 2012, the Clarks say they dreamed of someday having four kids. But, added Santos-Clark, “We never thought we would have five – and all at the same time!”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of the 4 million babies born in the U.S. in 2012, the number of quintuplet, sextuplet and other higher order of births in the U.S. was 45, compared to 131,269 twin births, 4,919 triplet and 276 quadruplet births that year. There is approximately a 0.005 percent chance of giving birth to quintuplets.
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