A husband and wife from Utah had five additional reasons to celebrate this past Memorial Day weekend after they welcomed healthy quintuplets into the world.
According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Guillermina and Fernando Garcia welcomed their five babies — three girls and two boys — over the weekend at the University of Utah hospital in Salt Lake City.
The Tribune notes that a team of 40 medical personnel led by eight doctors helped ensure a Utah couple’s newborn quintuplets were born healthy.
Mrs. Garcia, who conceived with the help of fertility treatments, carried the babies until 31 ½ weeks — about three weeks longer than most quintuplet mothers.
The children’s’ names, in the order of their birth, are Esmeralda, Fatima, Fernando, Marissa, Jordan.
As rare as the birth of quintuplets is — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention counted 37 babies who were born as part of a set of five or more in 2010 — the Garcia’s weren’t the only family to welcome five children into the earth over the Memorial Day weekend.
On Saturday, May 25, an Edinburg, Texas couple also delivered quintuplets.
Born at 27 weeks and 4 days at the Corpus Christi Medical Center, the quintuplets and their birth weight are Caleb Hunter, 2 lb. 6 oz., Aden Cesar, 2 lb. 3 oz., Bianca Hope, 1 lb.14 oz., Madeline Love, 1 lb. 8 oz., and Chloe Faith, 1lb. 5 oz.
The parents of the children, Cesar and Crystal Tamez, said they had been trying to get pregnant for over five years.
The newborns are being closely monitored before being released from the hospital.
“We are honored that the Tamez family and many residents of South Texas and the Coastal Bend have chosen us -year after year-to help welcome their children into the world and be part of their memories that will last a lifetime,” Jay Woodall, Chief Executive Officer at Corpus Christi Medical Center, told KIIITV News. “With over 50,000 babies born at our hospitals, this is a testament to the enduring trust the physicians and employees of Corpus Christi Medical Center have earned from families for close to 20 years.”