Jun 03, 2013

    Quintuplets a first for Czech Republic

    A 23-YEAR-OLD Czech woman has given birth to quintuplets in the Czech Republic, a first for the country.

    Officials at Prague's Institute for the Care of Mother and Child said four boys and a girl were delivered by caesarean section yesterday.

    "The girl is named Tereza, the identical twins, Michael and Deniel, and we also have Alex and Martin," 26-year-old father Antonin Kroscen told reporters.

    Dr Zbynek Stranak, chief doctor at the neo-natal section of the institute, said the birth took place "without any complications".

    He said that Ms Alexandra Kinova and her five babies have been placed in an intensive-care unit.

    "In our country, (birth) statistics have been recorded since 1949 and there's no mention of quintuplets," obstetrician Alena Mechurova said.

    The hospital doubled the number of doctors and midwives for the delivery and administered drugs during the pregnancy to help speed up the development of the babies' lungs.

    Dr Stranak said the babies, who were naturally conceived, have a 95 per cent chance of growing up healthy.

    Ms Kinova - who is from Milovice, a town north-east of Prague - already has a son.

    At first, she thought she was having twins. But, in March, she was told she was having quadruplets, only to be informed in April that she was actually carrying five babies.

    "When we finally found a fifth head, I started to cry," she told Czech news site