Flushing Couple's Dilemma: Five Kids, One Bedroom
Oct. 16, 1987
NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. (AP) _ Unless he wins the lottery, a proud father says he'll be looking for another job to support his wife and the five new additions to their family.
Angelo Cangialosi, 26, said he and his wife, Alice, 28, ''had planned to have two babies, maybe three, one at a time.''
But following the birth Thursday of quintuplets, Cangialosi said with a smile: ''I guess we'll keep them. This is the happiest moment of my life.''
The children, none of whom weighed more than three pounds, were born after 29 weeks of pregnancy and were listed in good condition at Long Island Jewish Hospital.
''They all have an excellent chance of survival,'' said Dr. Phillip Lipsitz, chief of neonatal and perinatal medicine at the medical center's Schneider Children's Hospital.
The three girls and two boys, who weighed between 2 pounds 1 ounce and 2 pounds 11 ounces, were delivered by Caesarean section. The mother had been taking Perganol, a fertility drug, under the supervision of a physician at the hospital.
The couple had known since May that quintuplets were expected. Hospital officials set the odds of a woman on fertility drugs giving birth to five babies at one in 56,000.
The parents, who have been married six years, had been trying to have a baby for the last four years, Cangialosi said.
They have been living in a one-bedroom apartment in Flushing, Queens, but he said larger living quarters were a top priority.
''I may be looking for more than one job, too,'' said Cangialosi, who earns $34,000 as an electrician - ''... unless I hit the Lotto.'' Mrs. Cangialosi had worked as a secretary, but spent much of the last two months in the hospital.
When asked if the couple would have more children in the future, he said, ''Are you kidding?''