Parents of seven gave birth to five new babies at once, in time for Valentine's Day in Krakow, Poland. Dominika Clarke, the mother, said Tuesday that she felt "better than expected" after such a pregnancy.

The first seven children of the Polish-British couple are aged between 10 months and 12 years. The last five cubs were born this Sunday. "We had planned to have an eighth child, but it turned out that there are many more," Dominika Clarke told reporters after the exceptional birth.

"We had a better chance of winning the lottery"

All five babies were born by caesarean section at 29 weeks and currently require respiratory support. "We hope that we will soon have the joy of seeing them discharged from the hospital," said Ryszard Lauterbach, head of the neonatal department at Krakow Hospital.

The mother called her pregnancy a "miracle." According to the hospital, the chances of conceiving quintuplets are 1 in 52 million. "As a mathematician, I like those kinds of statistics," she said. "We had a better chance of winning the lottery than having such a slew [of babies]."


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