‘We’ll give them all the love in the word’ says delighted dad of sextuplets but says he fears for the babies’ lives
The proud father of six new-born babies delivered yesterday says he is “keeping his fingers crossed” that the sextuplets will survive.
Delighted Szymon Marzec, who already has a 2.5-year-old daughter, told local media: “It is such a great joy, but we also have a lot of fears.
“We can guarantee warmth and that we will be with them all the time and show them our love.”
He added: “It was a shock, we cried, we were really moved and now we feel so much happiness.
“My wife is proud. But the babies have to fight somehow and now we're keeping our fingers crossed for them.
“We do what we can for them, to let them feel that we are with them and let them develop as best as possible
The four girls and two boys were born prematurely at Kraków’s university hospital on Monday morning during Szymon’s wife’s 29th month of pregnancy.
They have now been named Zosia, Kaja, Malwina and Nela and the two boys have been named Filip and Tymon.
Doctors said the babies "were born in surprisingly good condition for sextuplets," adding they showed signs of prematurity of the respiratory system and the central nervous system.
The babies were delivered via caesarean section with the smallest weighing 890 grams and the largest 1,300 grams. They have all been placed in incubators.
Doctors said that for now they are happy with babies’ health but added "they are still very premature babies who require at least several months of hospitalisation, observation and stimulation".
Chief of the hospital's neonatology ward, Prof. Ryszard Lauterbach, said: "This is the first time in Poland that sextuplets have been born, and it is rare in the world."
He added that it had taken them by surprise as they were expecting five babies.
He said: "We had five teams with five incubators ready waiting, and when all were taken another baby, a girl, appeared."
The new family has now been flooded with congratulations from well-wishers including President Duda and local football team Cracovia.
Upon hearing the news yesterday, the president Tweeted: “Incredible news! Sextuplets were born in Kraków today. This is the first such case in Poland. Mother and Children (4 girls and 2 boys) feel good (considering this unique situation). Congratulations and thanks to the parents and Medical Staff!”.
Today, Cracovia football club offered the family life-long tickets and said they were keeping their fingers crossed for the babies.
"We don't know who your parents are rooting for, but we are giving you, kids, permanent subscription to tickets," the team wrote in a tweet.