Three of the Molina Quints Head Home from UM/Jackson

One by one, in their baby carriers, three of the Molina quintuplets made their long-awaited debut before television cameras and newspaper photographers during a news conference with their Miller School of Medicine physicians at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Shortly after the June 21 event, the boys headed home with their mother and father, leaving one brother and one sister behind in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for just a little while longer.

The babies were born at 29 weeks gestation on April 6 at Jackson, after their mother, Diana Molina, underwent fertility treatments in Honduras. She and her husband Jose had been trying to start a family for almost a decade.

“It’s very hard when you can’t have babies, and you keep trying, and then to hear you’re having five, you think ‘Thank God,’” Jose Molina said. “Even though it was very scary, we were still very happy. I can’t wait for them to all come home so I can enjoy them with my wife.

“I play soccer, so I want them to play one day too,” he said. Three of his new sons were named after soccer stars. A reporter called out, “Now you have a whole team.”

The three babies who went home — Iker Matias, Jorge Luis and Fabio Mateo — all weigh about five pounds. Valentina Lizeth had some breathing problems and needs to stay in the NICU a while longer, while Enzo Francesco needs to gain more weight so he can undergo surgery to repair a congenital heart defect.

“When they were born they had a number of issues that resolved fairly quickly, and these three who are going home are doing amazingly,” said Eduardo Bancalari, M.D., professor of pediatrics and director of the Miller School’s Division of Neonatology. “For quintuplets to make it to 29 weeks gestation is very uncommon and plays a role in why they have no complications of their prematurity and are actually very healthy.”

During the cesarean delivery there were 28 doctors, nurses and other staff in the operating room. Salih Yasin, M.D., associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Miller School, delivered all five babies in two and a half minutes.

Dr. Yasin gave much of the credit to new mom Diana. “She was the ideal patient. She did all the right things and fortunately did not have any of the common problems of multiple birth moms.”

Dr. Yasin said the entire UM/Jackson team working together in the months leading up to the birth, through the delivery, and into the NICU also made a difference.

“We were lucky as a system and as a team that we didn’t just have five babies; we have five healthy babies thanks to the technology and the whole team working together from the very start.”

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