After giving birth to a son and two beautiful little girls, Kim Tucci and her husband, Vaughn, were hoping to add another baby to their ever-growing family.

You can expect their shock when they found out they were expecting not one but five children.

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Kim explains on Facebook that her pregnancy was anything but easy, with “extreme” neck and back pain, and of course, a sense of uneasiness about caring for eight children.

Posted by Surprised by Five on Sunday, September 20, 2015

But for Kim, the fear of the unknown far outweighed the option health officials once gave her:

After my initial ultrasound I was told I could consider the selection method to give two babies the best chance in life...I watched a YouTube video on the procedure and I cried, I could never do that! Was I selfish for not giving two the chance of 100% survival?? All I knew is that I already love them and that every heart beat I heard I connect with them more.

For me life starts when a heart starts beating and all I know for sure is that I will do whatever it takes to bring them into this world heathy.”

Some doctors estimate the odds of naturally conceiving quintuplets is about one in 55 million.

But in January, the Vaughns welcomed one boy and four girls:

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According to the BBC, it took a team of 50 doctors and nurses to help with Kim’s caesarean section, a common practice when giving birth to multiple babies at once.

The Australian mom says the addition of the five babies to their family has been a bit of an adjustment for her son, 9, and daughters, 2 and 4 years old:

“They do love them, but it has been a huge learning curve for them. They’ve had to learn how to share mommy, share daddy and learn that the babies do need a lot of time and attention.”

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In addition to the understandable pressure and emotional challenges parents of eight children under the age of nine undergo, Kim and Vaughn are also battling financial struggles.

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A GoFundMe page created by Kim’s grandmother explains the couples shares one car but hasn’t gone anywhere as a family since the quints were born:

“They are looking to buy an LDV G10, as this is the cheapest car in Australia big enough to carry their huge family to medical appointments, meetings, school runs, shopping, and everywhere else a young family needs to go.

The reality is they are a long way from being in a position to buy this car and pay for the extra child seat anchor points that will need to be fitted and they are desperate for any financial assistance, however small, to get them closer to their goal.”

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In just one month, over $40,000 has been raised for the Tuccis to buy a new van for their family of ten.

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