It’s the best holiday gift the Dela Cruz family could ask for — the remaining set of Hawaii’s first surviving quintuplets went home Christmas Eve.
KHON2 has been following their story ever since the four boys and one girl were born in October, and after spending months in Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, Kapena, Kupono and Kaolu went home last week.
On Thursday, doctors gave Keahi and the lone girl Kamalii the all-clear to join their siblings.
“These were two, three-pound babies at birth, and all of them are going home six, seven pounds,” said Dr. Charles Neal., “so we had to not only give their lungs time to grow and develop, but give them time to grow and develop, and then get them to figure out how to eat.”
Mother Marcie Dela Cruz said “what we’ve been doing is we get up and we change their diapers just like they were doing in the NICU. We’re keeping that same routine, and then I heat up the bottles and each of us feed the babies and burp them and they go right back to sleep.
“So when they sleep, we sleep, and then a few hours later, we get up and do it all over again,” she said.
The hospital team who took care of the babies was quite a large one and included several neonatologists, respiratory therapists and a bunch of nurses.
Doctors called this birth a once-in-a-lifetime event. Dela Cruz went through in-vitro fertilization, and of the two embryos injected into her uterus, one of them split in two, and those two embryos split again, which resulted in the four identical boys.
And as you can imagine, the Dela Cruzes are going through a lot of diapers, so Keiki O Ka Aina, a non-profit organization and also a partner of KHON2’s Laulima Giving Project, are accepting donations at its Kalihi office.
Those who live on Windward Oahu can go to Kapaa Auto Body in the industrial section of Kapaa Quarry.
American Savings Bank branches are accepting monetary donations under the account named “Hawaii Five OMG.”
You can also email the family directly at email@example.com.