In just a matter of minutes, the Spicocchi family expanded its ranks from 4 to 9.
Amie and Vince Spicocchi became the proud parents of quintuplets: 4 girls and a boy, all weighing less than 2 lbs. Their eyes were still fused shut, they could not breathe on their own and each had to undergo PDA ligations on their hearts.
Some fought through life-threatening infections. And Paige and Enzo had significant brain bleeds.
The family spent the next 4 months in Akron Children’s Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, where the siblings proved they were true fighters.
Today, they are happy, thriving 5 year olds. All of them get a yearly eye exam from Dr. Hertle. They continue to monitor and work on any area in which they show a delay due to their prematurity.
“We support any activities and therapies that help our kids become the best they can be,” says Amie.
Ilah, who had an extremely high heart rate known as SVT in the NICU, sees Dr. Patel once a year for checkups. Enzo and Paige receive speech, occupational and physical therapy weekly.
“We are so thankful to have an Akron Children’s location so close to where we live,” says Amie. Every year the family participates in the Walk for Babies to benefit the Akron Children’s NICU. Amie calls the NICU team “our heroes” for taking care of the family during a scary and stressful time.
Amie says that to think about the overwhelming odds the family faced when she was first expecting to where Gia, Paige, Enzo, Ellie and Ilah are today, it’s nothing short of a miracle.
“To see them thriving now as happy five-year-olds … there are no words to describe it,” says Amie. “Seeing their strength has given us the strength to never give up hope.”
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