(MASSILLON, Ohio) -- There was a big birthday celebration on August 3rd, and it wasn’t for President Obama. The Spiocchi quintuplets of Massilon, Ohio celebrated their first birthday at Akron Childrens’ Hospital.
The four girls and one boy: IIah, Paige, Ellie, Gia and Enzo, are all healthy after their first year, and their mom Annie attributes it to the help of her family and friends and her husband’s strict visitation policy.
Annie said that while the first six months seemed like forever -- spending much of that time in the neonatal ICU -- she felt fortunate to have received so much help from friends and family.
Her husband, Vince, had strict rules as to who was allowed to see the babies. The quintuplets were born at a little more than 24 weeks, the second youngest set of quintuplets to have ever survived, and Vince explains the “amazing” statistics by saying, “you can’t look at this and not realize there’s a higher power at work here.”
After the quintuplets were born, the family had to buy a larger house and a 12-passenger van.
In addition to the quints, the Spicocchi's also have a five-year-old son and a 15-year-old daughter. Vince Spicocchi credits daughter Taylor for stepping forward and being very actively involved in taking care of her siblings.
Doctors who helped deliver the quintuplets also attended the birthday party, which included a cake and punch.
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