by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton | January 20, 2015 1:48 pm
What a wonderful story and a testament to this couple’s faith in God. Five gloriously beautiful little girls are now seven years old, healthy and strong. They are a blessing to their parents and it just shows that sometimes you have to believe that things will work out for the best. They were on fertility drugs and it is common to reduce the number of fetuses when too many become viable at once. Doing so, according to the doctors, gives the other children and the mother a better chance at survival. But Dimitri and Varvara’s Russian Orthodox faith would not abide by it and in the end, God brought forth five miracles.
In 2007, Dimitri and Varvara Artamkin found they were expecting quintuplet girls after a course of fertility treatments. They were very excited, but their excitement was short lived because doctors in Russia told them that they must abort some to ensure the survival of the rest.
The practice of aborting babies to “save” others is called “selective reduction,” and is common when couples use fertility drugs. As LifeNews previously reported, this is because to increase success rates, IVF practitioners implant more than one embryo in the woman’s uterus in hopes that at least one will take. Then when more embryos than are desired implant, doctors “reduce” the pregnancy down to the desired number. Additionally, carrying more than two babies can cause serious health complications and many doctors feel uncomfortable handling high-risk pregnancies.
However, for Dimitri and Varvara, abortion wasn’t an option and they decided to try and find a doctor who would help them.
They eventually found a doctor who would help them at John Radcliff Hospital in Oxford, England. Amazingly, on November 10th, 2007, a team of 18 doctors and nurses delivered all five babies. According to the Daily Mail, they were delivered at 26-weeks and ranging in weight from just 1lb 13oz to 2lb 2oz. Each baby had one doctor and two nurses assigned to her, and within days they were all breathing by themselves.
The consultant obstetrician who oversaw their births, Dr Lawrence Impey, said, “It was planned like a military operation, and the stakes were high. Statistically, it didn’t look as though all five would make it – I had to talk to Varvara and Dimitri about the risks. So it’s wonderful to see all the girls so healthy and happy.”
Dimitri concluded, “We believe God gave the girls to us as a gift and sent us here to give them the best chance of survival. It was very important to us for them to know the people who did so much for them. We cannot thank them enough. I hope the girls will remember this visit for the rest of their lives, and always feel grateful for the care they received.”
The risk was worth everything for this couple and they feel that it is a gift from above. Not only that, but they are grateful and love those that worked so hard to deliver their babies. It was practically an entire Russian medical unit that fought for them – and won. The babies were not even seven months old when born, but they were fighters… all five of them. Now, five lovely young ladies have blossomed in a family that adores them. These Russian beauties may just have angel’s wings, or at the very least, blessings from above.
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