They’re a squad of their own! Staten Island’s only set of quintuplets are 10 years old.
Alessia, Amanda, Emily, Matthew and Ella Ferrante visited (SIUH) with mom, Jamie, and dad, Kevin, to celebrate , and reunite with the staff of doctors and nurses that helped bring them into the world.
“I always wanted a big family, I just didn’t think it would all come at once,” Jaime laughed.
Back in 2008, Jamie was having difficulty getting pregnant. She needed fertility drugs to get pregnant. Much to the couple’s surprise for these first-time parents, the drugs worked…very well!
The “quints,” as their affectionately known, came into the world on December 27, 2008 at 1:30 a.m. to five teams of doctors and nurses. Jamie was only 27-weeks pregnant when her water broke. The babies spent close to two months in the neonatal ICU.
Fast forward 10 years, a lot has changed. “It was a blink of an eye, I look at them and I’m amazed, 10 years has passed, these are my big kids, now,” Jamie said.
The quints are in fifth grade, all playing basketball for Saint Christopher’s School on Staten Island. Smallest born, Amanda is positioning to be the team’s center as now tallest of the bunch.
Jamie laughed as she recalls the days of dropping off breast milk at the hospital, to now restocking the fridge with food eight times a day.
“People say, oh, they’re ten it must be so much easier now! Having four girls with attitudes, not so much easier now,” she smirked. “It just keeps changing, but it’s nothing we aren’t going to get through.”
“This is every neonatologist’s dream,” said Dr. Philip Roth, chair of pediatrics and neonatology at SIUH. “To be a part of a birth like this, and see them all thriving, in school and playing sports is amazing.”
Forever grateful for their gift, there isn’t a day Kevin takes for granted, “As crazy as it is, when you go to bed, you thank God that it is crazy,” he said.
And Jamie is thankful for the angels at the hospital who helped her and her five miracles, “I feel like if it wasn’t for you all, honestly all five of them wouldn’t be here and so healthy and beautiful. I just don’t think I can ever say thank you enough,” she said through tears.