A woman who was considered by doctors to be ɪɴꜰᴇʀᴛɪʟᴇ gave birth to five babies in May in Texas (USA). She had been diagnosed with ᴘᴏʟʏᴄʏsᴛɪᴄ ᴏᴠᴀʀʏ sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ – a condition that prevents the ᴏᴠᴀʀɪᴇs from producing eggs.
Brenda Raymundo, 28, and her husband Alejandro, also 28, spent years trying to start a family. But, against medical expectations, she eventually became pregnant with the help of a ꜰᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴛʏ ᴅʀᴜɢ. However, the couple got a surprise when they learned that there were five babies in Brenda’s ᴡᴏᴍʙ.
The couple had been unsuccessfully trying to have children for over 3 years when they decided to visit a ꜰᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴛʏ clinic in October last year.
Brenda was given a ᴅʀᴜɢ to help stimulate the ᴏᴠᴀʀɪᴇs to produce eggs. In two months, to the joy of the couple, she became pregnant.
Brenda was rushed to the hospital on suspicion of suffering from a ʟɪꜰᴇ-ᴛʜʀᴇᴀᴛᴇɴɪɴɢ ᴇᴄᴛᴏᴘɪᴄ pregnancy – in which the baby develops in the ꜰᴀʟʟᴏᴘɪᴀɴ ᴛᴜʙᴇ rather than in the ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜs.
The doctors, however, were able to verify that the fetus was in the ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜs and confirmed that its heartbeat was normal.
The following week, when Brenda returned for a verification exam, she saw what appeared to be “five air bubbles” on the exam. An ultrasound then confirmed that there were five babies in the ᴡᴏᴍʙ, not one.
The mother of the quintuplets told The Sun that she was told one week she was pregnant with a baby and the next week she found out that there were actually five in there. Brenda says she had to have tests done every week for the duration of the pregnancy because of the high ʀɪsᴋ. And she had to go alone, because of the restrictions imposed by the C.o.v.i.d-19 ᴘᴀɴᴅᴇᴍɪᴄ.
The five babies were born on May 17: Alejandro weighed 1.4 kg; Lelani at 1.36 kg; Amara at 1.49 kg; Antonio at 1.72 kg; and Humberto at 1.41 kg.
“Doctors said they were born with good weights for quintuplets and also healthy, which was amazing news. We feel very lucky,” said Brenda.