Wednesday, October 31, 2001

Ky. quintuplets 1st since 1914

3 boys, 2 girls and mom well

The Associated Press

        LOUISVILLE — A 28-year-old woman gave birth to five babies in what officials say are the first quintuplets born in Kentucky in decades.

        Stephanie Powell delivered three boys and two girls by Caesarean section at Norton Suburban Hospital on Sunday.

        Mother and children were reported in good condition.

        The babies, delivered at 30 weeks, weighed between 2 pounds, 5 ounces and 2 pounds, 11.4 ounces. They were being treated in the hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

        “We are very happy,” Mrs. Powell's husband, Steve, also 28, said in a statement released by Norton. “Stephanie and the babies are doing fine. We are surrounded by family and friends and want to thank everybody for their prayers and kind words.”

        The infants' names have not been released. They are the Powells' first children. They've been married since Nov. 13, 1998.

        The Powell quints are believed to be the first born in Louisville — and the first anywhere in Kentucky since 1914 — according to the state health department.

        A Henderson family gave birth to quints, four boys and a girl, at Indianapolis' Methodist Hospital on July 13, 2000.

        According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 13 sets of quints were born in 1999, and 16 sets in each of 1998 and 1997.


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