Monday, October 27, 2008
NY Couple Welcomes Sextuplets
Life will never be the same for Victor and Digna Carpio.
On Oct. 6, the Queens couple welcomed New York's second-ever set of sextuplets.
The four boys and two girls arrival has been secret while doctors worked feverishly to make sure the infants all lived.
"I've watched each of my babies fight so hard to survive," said Digna Carpio, 31, her eyes welling up with tears. "Life is beautiful, and we're so thankful."
Each baby weighed 1-1/2 to 2 pounds after arriving in the 25th week of Digna's pregnancy.
They remain identified only as babies A, B, C, D, E and F because the parents have yet to give them names. They plan to choose names by the end of next week, when they turn 1 month old.
"The doctors couldn't believe how much they weighed," said Victor Carpio, 36, a maintenance worker at the New York City Housing Authority. "The two girls [known as E and F] were the heaviest ones," he added, smiling.
Doctors initially gave girl F only a 25% chance of survival because of problems with her heart. It now looks as if she will beat the odds and survive.
"It was incredible seeing all six of them in the arms of those smiling nurses," Victor Carpio said. "We couldn't ask for better treatment from any hospital."Tony Avella, the couple's local City Council member, who has launched a collection drive for baby bottles, diapers, strollers and other supplies they will need. He is asking donors to bring such goods to his office at 38-50 Bell Blvd., suite C in Bayside, or call (718) 747-2137 for pickup. The City Councillor is not accepting any monetary donations.