A Queens couple welcomed New York's second-ever set of sextuplets earlier this month -- and kept the news a secret until now.
"I've watched each of my babies fight so hard to survive," Digna Carpio, 31, told the Daily News. "Life is beautiful, and we're so thankful."
The couple wanted to keep the news hush-hush until all of the babies were delivered healthy. The four boys and two girls were born at Mount Sinai Medical Center on Oct. 6 and each weighed between 1-1/2 to 2 pounds, according to The News. One of the girls was given a 25 percent of survival because of heart problems but had successful surgery last week and it appears she will beat the odds.
"It was incredible seeing all six of them in the arms of those smiling nurses," Victor Carpio, 36, a housing authority maintenance worker, told The News.
The couple plans to choose names for the Carpio six by the end of the week. Right now, doctors use letters - A, B, C, D, E and F - to refer to the babies.
Victor and Digna Carpio are the second New York couple to have sextuplets. In 1997, Beverly Boniellogave birth to sextuplets in Albany.