Friday was a red-letter day for Sarah and Bruce Plauché as the Lake Charles, La., couple took their last two infants home. The babies have been at Texas Children's Hospital since Sarah gave birth to quintuplets in early September.
Miles Shepherd and Corinne Ellis, the youngest two infants, will now join their siblings Owen Parker, Tessa Quinn and Reece William as they head to Louisiana. (The infants were coincidentially released from the hospital in birth order: Owen on Nov.12, Tessa on Nov. 15 and Reece last Monday.)
The three boys and two girls are the first ever-recorded quintuplets in Lake Charles and the first in the Houston area this year. It's a rare occurence, with only 37 quintuplets or higher-order multiple births in the United States in 2010, the most recent period that figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are available. On average, only about 12 sets of quintuplets are born each year in the United States.
The family had been staying in an apartment in Houston to be close to the infants as they grew stronger in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women and each was released.
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