Dominika Clarke and Vince Clarke, parents of five twins born in a Polish hospital. Photo/PAP/Lukasz Gagulski
WARSAW – A Polish-English mother, who already has seven children, has given birth five twins on Sunday.
Mum Dominika Clarke said she felt “better than expected” after her rare pregnancy.
Clarke, already a mother of seven children aged 10 months to 12 years, gave birth to quintuplets at a hospital in the southern Polish city of Krakow Sunday.
“We were planning to have an eighth child but it turned out there were many more,” she told reporters at the hospital with her husband, British Vince.
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The babies were delivered by caesarean section at 29 weeks’ gestation and still needed breathing assistance.
“We hope to arrive at the happy moment of getting them out of the hospital,” said Ryszard Lauterbach, head of the local hospital’s neonatology department.
The five twins, three girls and two boys, were named Arianna Daisy, Charles Patrick, Elizabeth May, Evangeline Rose and Henry James.
Clarke called her pregnancy a “miracle”, as the hospital said the chance of conceiving quintuplets was one in 52 million.
“As a mathematician, I love these kinds of statistics,” said Clarke, as quoted by AFP, Wednesday (15/2/2023).
“We have a much bigger chance of winning the lottery than having this crowd.”
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