MIAMI (CBS4) – It’s a big day for three of five quintuplets born at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
On Tuesday, little Iker, Jorge and Fabio were released by doctors and allowed to go home. Their siblings Valentina and Enzo will remain in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Holtz Children’s Hospital for additional care.
Thirty-one-year-old Diana Molina and her husband Jose Molina turned to Dr. Salih Y. Yasin, a University of Miami specialist in high-risk pregnancies at Jackson Memorial Hospital, when the couple learned they were having quints.
On April 6th, after little more than seven months of pregnancy, Molina gave birth to the four boys and girl. These babies are believed to be the first quintuplets born at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
The quintuplets were immediately taken to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Holtz Children’s Hospital.
At birth Iker, Jorge and Fabio all weighed about two pounds. After two months in the NICU, they weighed just about five pounds when they were released to their parents.
Diana and Jose Molina said they’re looking forward to spending time with the babies and watching them grow up.
“Since I’m a soccer fan, I want to play soccer with them,” said proud father Jose Molina.
Three of the quints are named for soccer players. The other two are named for family members.
Doctors said Valentina and Enzo, who also weighed about two pounds at birth and now weigh five-and-a-half pounds and just over four pounds respectively, need a little more care before they can be safely sent home.
Valentina was born with some respiratory problems, but could be released in a few weeks., doctors said.
Enzo will require surgery for a heart condition.
Jose Molina said he looks forward to having the whole family home, but the first time dad thinks starting with three babies may ease the transition to parenthood.
“It will be easier because you get used to dealing with three babies,” he said. “Two more won’t make a difference.”