They expected four babies, and then there were five

Above: Mrs Dorothy Chin with her brood of five - (from left) Adriel, Alicia, Amanda, Annabelle and Andre - who were born in that order on April Fool's Day in 1997. The two boys and three girls were the first set of quintuplets to be born in Singapore
Mrs Dorothy Chin with her brood of five - (from left) Adriel, Alicia, Amanda, Annabelle and Andre - who were born in that order on April Fool's Day in 1997. The two boys and three girls were the first set of quintuplets to be born in Singapore.ST FILE PHOTO

Couple recount joys and struggles of parenting Singapore's first quintuplets, now 21 years old

It may have been April Fool's Day, but what happened to civil servant Humphrey Chin and his financial consultant wife Dorothy on April 1, 1997, was no joke.

The couple were expecting four babies, so it came as a surprise when a fifth bundle of joy was born at KK Women's and Children's Hospital - after going undetected in pregnancy scans.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 06, 2018, with the headline 'They expected four babies, and then there were five'. Print Edition | Subscribe