Danielle and Adam Busby were in for a major, life-altering surprise when they went for their first ultrasound last year. Rather than finding one beating heart, doctors discovered five, setting the couple on course to have the nation's first-ever all-girl quintuplets.
Despite the successful and healthy delivery of all five babies last week, the family was initially faced with a heart-wrenching recommendation, as doctors reportedly told them to consider selective abortion to make the pregnancy more viable — information they shared on a GoFundMe page setup to help with expenses.
"We are holding on to our faith and convictions as followers of Christ and refuse to abort over half of our babies per the medical doctors advice," the parents wrote. "Every week not one baby showed any signs of having problems or issues. All hearbeats and scans have been great. How would you even choose at that point?"
The couple, who had conceived using intrauterine insemination (IUI), a form of artificial insemination, had previously used IUI for the birth of their 3-year-old daughter Blayke, with their second round of treatments unexpectedly granting them five additional babies.
A press release from Woman's Hospital of Texas announced that all five births took just four minutes via C-section on April 8, 2015, with the Danielle and Adam Busby naming their girls: Olivia Marie, Ava Lane, Hazel Grace, Parker Kate and Riley Paige.
"We are so thankful and blessed, and I honestly give all the credit to my God," Danielle Busby said in the statement. "I am so thankful for this wonderful hospital and team of people here, they truly all are amazing."
Dr. Jayne Finkowski-Rivera, director of the hospital's NICU, said that the quintuplets are all in the proper weight range and that they only required modest support with their breathing.
"They have made a strong start in life, and we are excited to watch them grow and mature," she said.
Watch the parents give an update on the babies here:
Read more about the Busby family's journey here.
(H/T: Life News)
Front page image via The Woman's Hospital of Texas.