A Russian mom has become the first woman to deliver quintuplets in the UK in over five years. Can you imagine? The US has had 4 sets of sextuplets and 4 sets of quints already this year, with 2 sets just arriving in the last 2 weeks.
The 29-year-old music teacher gave birth to the five girls in the early hours of Saturday at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital, 14 weeks early.
They ranged in weight from 1lb 13oz to 2lb 2oz after being delivered by Caesarean section by a team of 18 doctors and nurses.
The last set were born in Belfast at the end of 2002 and have now just started school.
The mother’s relatives contacted Oxford doctor Lawrence Impey, who specialises in caring for mother’s with high risk pregnancies.
He said: “I’m very pleased to be able to help this delightful family and that they asked us to look after them.
“Mother is recovering well and the babies are doing well.”
The hospital said the babies will be cared for in this country until they are strong and well enough to return to Russia with their parents.
All the medical costs have been met by a group of Russian philanthropists.
It’s nice to hear that a third party is picking up the tab. The estimated cost of looking after a preemie in the NICU is $1000/day. So that would be $5,000/day for this family. It could add up fast…