A Lexington couple has welcomed five newborns — four girls and one boy— into the world. The rare set of quintuplets arrived at the UK HealthCare Birthing Center on Nov. 11. Savannah, Sadie, Sofia, Scarlett and Lucas beat the stroke of midnight to share a birthday with their mother.
At 2 p.m. today, a livestream of the media availability with the parents and doctors will be available at: https://youtu.be/c_2-ZYtlBJY
Media availability will be at 2 p.m. today with parents Katie and Lucas Schaftlein; Dr. Wendy Hansen, chief of UK Women’s Health Obstetrics and Gynecology; and Dr. Peter Giannone, chief of the Division of Neonatology at Kentucky Children’s Hospital.
A coordinated interdisciplinary effort from doctors, nurses and therapists at UK HealthCare and Kentucky Children’s Hospital ensured a healthy and happy welcome for the five babies, who are being monitored in the region’s only Level 1V Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
UK Women’s Health Obstetrics and Gynecology monitored the mother until delivery at 29 weeks and five days gestation. Although born premature, all five babies are healthy.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 47 quintuplets or higher order deliveries were reported nationally in 2014.