In the warm summer of 2017, Alexander and Anastasia Merkulov, a married couple, welcomed quintuplets into their lives. The anticipation was initially for four children, but they were pleasantly surprised with the arrival of a fifth.
The unexpected addition didn’t dismay the young parents at all – if not four, why not five! The couple had long yearned for a child, but their journey was riddled with complications – they faced repeated unsuccessful attempts. Anastasia blamed herself for these unfortunate occurrences.
Tragically, each of her pregnancies resulted in a miscarriage. In 2016, Nastya broke the news to her husband, Sasha, that she was expecting once again. This time, fortuitously, the pregnancy progressed to the 32nd week, and she was prepared for a planned caesarean section.
The procedure took a heavy toll on her, as she was rather frail, and the doctors were engaged in a desperate battle to save her life. Once her health began to stabilize, the doctor approached her, visibly stunned, and stated, “Nastya, you must pull through. There are five adorable babies eagerly waiting for you.”
The Merkulovs were ecstatic because their long-held dream had finally materialized! They often get questioned about how they manage with so many small children. When the children were infants, Anastasia shouldered the burden alone, while her husband lent a helping hand after his work hours. After the children reached the 6-month milestone and began to crawl, Alexander planned a journey to support his wife. Thus, three years have passed since the birth of the quintuplets.