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Friday, June 27, 2008
Texas Couple Welcomes Quintuplets

Stephen and Ellen Howell of Houston, Texas, welcomed a set of quintuplets at legendary multiple hospital Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix.

The three girls and two boys, who were all born within three minutes of each other, arrived at 30 weeks and five days.

Two girls were born first Sidney Alun and Ivy Elizabeth - both at 6:19 p.m. The first boy, Mitchell Thomas, was born next followed by brother Luke Harrison. The last girl Briellen Jeannette rounded out the bunch.

The smallest baby - Briellen - weighed 2 lbs. 6 oz. The largest babies - Mitchell and Luke - were each 2 lbs. 15 oz.

The hospital has an international reputation for caring for multiple births (triplets or more). The Banner Good Samaritan staff has delivered two sets of sextuplets, 10 sets of quintuplets and about 80 sets of quadruplets .

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