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This story is originally from June 2016
Deciding to build a family takes courage and a lot of consideration. The mental and physical requirements increase when the number of children in the family increases. As such, surprise pregnancies can be either a blessing or a curse for some families. In 2016, Ukraine’s Oksana Kobeletska made headlines by being a mom to quintuplets. However, her story took a grim turn once the initial euphoria faded away.
Back then, she was 37 years old when she told her husband about her pregnancy in Odessa. They already had one child – a daughter and had not planned on any family expansion. Regardless, surprises can happen and ultrasonography revealed that she was indeed pregnant with not just one, but multiple babies!
However, the news was shocking for both parents. Kobeletska reminisces about how the doctor’s expression changed after looking at the report. It was bad enough to scare Kobeletska into assuming all kinds of horrible things like the baby having a tumor. However, the doctor was shocked because of a much simpler reason – the report showed multiple tiny heartbeats.
Kobeletska remembered how she was at a loss for thoughts when thinking about raising that many kids. Sergey, her husband, also seemed to be at the same impasse. However, unlike Oksana, Sergey’s answer was tragically different – it was to run away. He left Oksana, leaving all the responsibilities and duties of raising the children and looking after herself to her.
A Cruel And Cowardly Decision
Oksana was left devastated. It was even sadder because Sergey had left merely months before the kids would arrive. In an interview with The Mirror, Oksana recalled thinking: “Perhaps he realized he couldn’t bear it. He was frightened and said that I was smartest and was to respond.”
Regardless of Sergey’s actual reasons, Oksana held on to her sanity throughout the pregnancy. She did not give up on the miracle. It was not an IVF conception and would go on to set the Ukrainian record for the most number of births at the same time.
Oksana, like a heroic warrior, carried 5 little lives in her for 7 long months. In 2016, the mom finally got to meet them with a smile on her face. However, the babies were ill for the majority of the year after their birth and required constant and intensive care. They were named David, Oleksandra, Vladislav, Dariya, and Denis.
After a lengthy stay at the hospital, Oksana received an immense amount of support from friends, family, and even strangers. She reminisced about how volunteers would assist her after hearing about her from the media in the area. She became so famous that the Ukrainian president gifted her a new car and her city’s mayor gifted her an apartment that would comfortably house Oksana’s entire family.