Victor and Digna Carpio didn’t want their 7-year-old son Jhancarlos to be an only child. The Queens couple tried for years to have a second child – without success.
Now their family is about to expand…Brangelina style!
The Carpios are set to become the second couple in New York City history – and perhaps the first Hispanics in the U.S. – to have sextuplets.
They learned the stunning news nearly five months ago after Digna, 31, became ill during a workout at her gym.
“I suddenly felt faint, and my heart began racing wildly,” she told the Daily News.
She rushed to the emergency room at Flushing Hospital, where doctors told her she was two weeks pregnant.
A few weeks later, in a return visit for a sonogram, doctors said she was carrying quintuplets.
“They also warned me there was a mass behind the babies that could be a tumor,” Digna said. “I thought I was going to die.”
The final shock came days later – the unknown mass was actually a sixth fetus. Digna, it turned out, was carrying four boys and two girls.
“Mami, that’s too many babies,” her son shrieked. “They’ll destroy the house!”
He soon warmed to the idea of having enough brothers to form a basketball team. “Now he reads and sings to the babies every day,” his mother said proudly.
Carpio, who stands barely 5 feet tall, is in her 21st week, but she looks ready to give birth at any moment. These days she finds it hard even to walk. She spends most mornings in bed sleeping.
“She eats every 10 minutes because there’s not much room in her stomach for food,” her husband said. “Vegetables and low-salt stuff for the babies.”
Victor Carpio, 34, can barely sleep at night trying to figure out how he’ll feed all those new mouths and pay for all those diapers.
He wonders how they’ll manage in the small, three-bedroom house he bought less than two years ago.
Not only are sextuplet births rare – less than 200 are known to have occurred worldwide – but the odds are even slimmer against all the babies surviving; only 14 sets of sextuplets have done so in the U.S.
Carpio had such a rough time during the first four months of her pregnancy that her doctors tried to convince her to sacrifice four of the babies to improve the chances of survival for the other two.
After suffering through miscarriages two times following the birth of her son, Digna refused to voluntarily give up another baby.
Luckily, the latest battery of tests, conducted last week at Mount Sinai Hospital, show all six babies are developing well, and Digna remains in excellent health.
The average gestation for sextuplets, medical experts say, is 29 weeks.
“When I get to 24 weeks, my doctors are going to admit me to the hospital,” she said. “For us, this is all a miracle. And now it’s in God’s hands.”