A North Texas couple welcomed quintuplets recently. Doctors say the three girls and two boys are doing well.
Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas announced Opalyn Santos-Clark of Allen gave birth to the five babies on June 17.
She and her husband, Rex K. Clark, welcomed Vianca Quing at 2 pounds 14 ounces, Alessandra Roxy at 1 pound 12 ounces, Perrin Rex at 2 pounds 5 ounces, Noah Steve at 2 pounds 4 ounces and Scarlett Jessie at 2 pounds 15 ounces.
The babies were delivered several weeks early, at 31 weeks.
A statement from Parkland says so far only one unexpected health concern has arisen. Perrin Rex required surgery a few days after birth for a bowel issue, but he is now recovering.
Santos-Clark, who is also recovering from a C-section, said she and her husband feel "happy, grateful and relieved" after the birth of their only children.
At seven weeks they shocked to learn they were expecting quadruplets. And then during a sonogram at 16 weeks they were shocked again by the discovery of the fifth baby.
"I thought, 'five babies, how can I handle this?' I was scared, for myself and my babies," Santos-Clark said.
But as she read and researched more about quintuplets, she said she gained confidence, especially after meeting other mothers of quintuplets.
"We will just take it a day at time," the new mother said with a smile.
"We feel very blessed by the great care provided at Parkland," her husband said. "But we're still amazed to be the parents of five. It's just beginning to sink in."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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