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Hawaii's First Surviving Set Of Quintuplets Made It Home For Their First Christmas

First Posted: Dec 26, 2015 06:49 PM EST

The Honolulu quintuplets spent their first Christmas at home instead of in a hospital.

"It's definitely the best Christmas gift we could have gotten, to have them home for Christmas," mother Marcie Dela Cruz told reporters Thursday from Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, via Fox News.

The babies were born premature in Honolulu on Oct. 10, with doctors saying that they would need up to three months to allow their lungs to fully develop, according to The Associated Press. At birth, they were less than 3 pounds each, but are now up to between 5 and 8 pounds, health officials say.

Four boys and one girl, they are Hawaii's first surviving set of quintuplet's, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The boys names are Kapena, Kaolu, Keahi and Kupono and the girl's name is Kamalii.

The couple first's son, 2-year-old Makaio, was conceived via in vitro fertilization. The couple then set aside several embryos for further children. In the spring, they found out that two of the embryos had transferred.

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