Health officials at Staten Island University Hospital say that all five babies born yesterday to Jamie and Kevin Ferrante are doing well.
The babies, who arrived at 27 weeks gestation, are recovering at the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.
At birth all 5 babies were placed on ventilators. Today, four still remain vented, while the smallest, 1 pound, 8-ounce Amanda Frances was able to breathe with less help. Chances are she is now on CPAP(an non-invasive method of keeping the lungs open while pushing air into them).
Contrary to reports yesterday, the new mom and her husband had been trying to have children for more than three years, and she HAD been receiving fertility treatments for about a year and a half.
The babies, in order of birth are:
- Allesia Louise, 2lbs
- Amanda Frances, 1lb 8oz
- Emily Ann, 2lb 1 oz
- Matthew Sabatino, 2lbs 4.5 ozs
- Ella Lilliana, 1lb 15.5 ozs
Because they are so small, the parents have not yet been able to hold their five new additions, but have been able to touch them.
The quints are the first set to be born at Staten Island University Hospital.
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