Australian woman's photoshoot of her quintuplets goes viral

Ms Kim Tucci, 26, with her quintuplets Keith, Ali, Penelope, Tiffany and Beatrix. PHOTO: ERIN ELIZABETH PHOTOGRAPHY
Ms Tucci's quintuplets were born in January this year. PHOTO: ERIN ELIZABETH PHOTOGRAPHY
Ms Tucci's quintuplets were born in January this year. PHOTO: ERIN ELIZABETH PHOTOGRAPHY

An Australian woman who gave birth to quintuplets - Keith, Ali, Penelope, Tiffany and Beatrix - in January has shared the photos she took of them with the world.

Shot by local studio Erin Elizabeth Photography, which specialises in newborn and family portraiture, one of the photos which showed Ms Kim Tucci posing with her five precious bundles of joy went viral.

The studio had previously worked with the 26-year-old, who is from Perth, to document her pregnancy.

Two minutes were all it took for Ms Tucci to give birth to her four daughters and one son. All the babies, who were conceived naturally, were born healthy.

The BBC reported that a team of 50 doctors and nurses has assisted with the planned caesarean.

The chances of conceiving quintuplets naturally is about one in 55 million.

Ms Tucci's story had gained traction through her Facebook page, Surprised by Five, where she blogged about her pregnancy.

"50 fingers 50 toes, 6 hearts beating at once. My body fought the toughest of battles to get five babies here safely. Everything I did I did for them," she wrote on one post.

Ms Tucci, who also has a nine-year-old son (from a previous marriage) and daughters aged two and four, had previously told an Australia news channel that she faced complications during her pregnancy.

A pregnant Ms Tucci during her photoshoot at a beach. PHOTO: ERIN ELIZABETH PHOTOGRAPHY

Doctors had given her the choice of saving two babies and giving up on the other three, as they had feared there would be serious health risks to Ms Tucci and her unborn children.

"After my initial ultrasound I was told I could consider the selection method to give 2 babies the best chance in life... I watched a YouTube video on the procedure and I cried, I could never do that!" Ms Tucci said.

"Was I selfish for not giving two the chance of 100% survival?? All I know is that I already love them, and with every heartbeat I hear, I connect with them more."

Ms Tucci and her husband have since set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for a nine-seater car.

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