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Mum who rejected abortion displays quintuplet babies

11 May 2016


Proud mum Kim Tucci with her five new babies

An Australian mother who gave birth to quintuplets in January has released a photo shoot of her five new babies.

It took Kim Tucci, 26, just two minutes to give birth to the massive set of new arrivals - four daughters and one son - who were conceived naturally.

Doctors had advised Kim to abort some of her five unborn children on health grounds but she refused, going on to give birth to all five babies.

Surprised by Five

Kim and her husband Vaughn, who live in Perth, already have a nine-year-old daughter and two sons aged two and four. Now their family has expanded with the arrival of Tiffany, Keith, Penelope, Beatrix and Allie!

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The odds of conceiving quintuplets naturally is approximately one in 55 million. Kim documented the story of her pregnancy on her blog, Surprised by Five.

She also described how doctors had recommended that she undergo a 'selective abortion' - i.e. abort up to three of her unborn children in order to give the others a better chance of survival.

Refusing selective abortion

On 26 September, 2015, Kim wrote:

"After my initial ultrasound I was told I could consider the selection method [abortion] to give 2 babies the best chance in life ... 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."

A team of 50 doctors and nurses assisted with the planned caesarean birth and all of the children were born healthy after spending 29 weeks in the womb.


Kim rejected 'selective abortion' and choose life for all five of her babies

Not always easy

Kim's pregnancy with her quintuplets was often far from easy. She blogged about pain, extreme discomfort, sleepless nights, constant trips to the bathroom and a 6,000-calorie a day diet to sustain her five unborn babies.

But the mum-of-eight also said that all the aches and pains, the stretch marks and hospital stays were worth it, knowing that her babies are healthy. She also thanked her husband for his constant support through her pregnancy struggles.

Support the Tucci family

"My husband always reminds me I should wear my stripes with pride and that I should be proud of them and what my body has achieved. Without him I would have broken down a long time ago," Kim wrote.

Now that the babies have come home, friends and family are organizing a fundraiser to help the Tuccis buy a car big enough to transport their entire family. You can support the family here.

Photoshoot

Kim recently posted on her blog:

"50 fingers 50 toes, 6 hearts beating at once. My body fought the toughest of battles to get five babies here safely. Everything I did I did for them."

Local business Erin Elizabeth Photography, which helped document Mrs Tucci's pregnancy, organised a photoshoot for the quintuplets and their proud mum, which has since gone viral. You can see the rest of the pictures below:


The five new arrivals coddled together


Beatrix Tucci fast asleep


Tiffany Tucci chuckling to herself


Penelope Tucci peacefully dreaming


Allie Tucci - this baby is wide awake!


Keith Tucci enjoying a well-earned doze

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Comments (8)
  • Marisa

    13 May 2016, 2:42am

    Each one of the children and his parents are a precious present to the world.

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  • Monica Benninghoff

    13 May 2016, 6:09am

    Congratulations for choosing life for ALL your children. May God bless you with an abundance of love, joy, compassion, patience and friends to lend helping hands!

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  • Destany

    13 May 2016, 12:09pm

    There precious I wouldn't have had an abortion either

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  • emma

    13 May 2016, 7:10pm

    Utterly gorgeous!

    God bless this family for valuing all their children's lives equally.

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  • victoria Blake

    13 May 2016, 7:56pm

    God Bless You and all your babies… I was never able to have children so trust me when I tell you how #blessed you are… If you ever need any help with any of them, please feel to reach out to me. xox

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  • justme

    14 May 2016, 3:43am

    thank you for choosing LIFE! and for making a stand for LIFE!
    Every life is a gift from GOD! Many blessings to you and your family.

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  • JHunter

    14 May 2016, 6:12am

    Doctors- "we recommend you KILL 3 of your children to make the chances of survival better for the remaining 2" ...
    Are you F'ing kidding me? NO. Never.. And people wonder why I HATE Most "doctors"...

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  • Dilys Asirwatham

    14 May 2016, 10:38am

    They are so swweet. God Bless you for having them. They will bring you and your husband a lot of joy.

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