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Czech Republic: Romani quintuplets finally receive donations

15.3.2017 7:22
The first quintuplets ever born in the Czech Republic celebrated their third birthday on Thursday, 2 June 2016. (PHOTO:  bau)
The first quintuplets ever born in the Czech Republic celebrated their third birthday on Thursday, 2 June 2016. (PHOTO: bau)

Last week the City of Prague disbursed roughly CZK 616 000 [EUR 23 000] to the mother of the first-ever quintuplets in the Czech Republic, Alexandra Kiňová, from the collection to which people had contributed in support of her children. Vít Hofman, spokesperson for Prague City Hall, announced the news on Monday.

Kiňová had to sue the Club of Twins and Higher Multiples, which established the collection, for the money. After the collection was closed, the money rested with the city, which has now transferred it to her through a donation agreement.

Prague City Council approved the provision of the money to Kiňová as a donation last June. There was no other legal way for them to transfer it.

Kiňová's attorney, Klára Samková, had requested changes be made to the donation agreement. "The donation agreement had to be adjusted on the basis of requirements stipulated by the legal representative of Ms Kiňová so as to be most beneficial in all aspects. For that reason, the original resolution, including the original donation agreement, had to be revoked in February," Hofman said.

The collection was closed as of 17 April 2015 at the request of Samková after Kiňová ended her collaboration with the Club in January of that year due to disagreements. The Club, therefore, transferred the money to City Hall, which had legally authorized the collection, some funds from which had prevoiusly been used to pay for assistants to Kiňová.

The court rejected Kiňová's lawsuit against the Club at the end of January 2017 because the Club no longer administered the money and had transferred it to a bank account held by Prague City Hall. The quintuplets on behalf of whom the money was raised - Alex, Deniel, Martin, Michael and Tereza - had been born on 2 June 2013 at the Podoli Hospital in Prague.

The chances of a quintuplet pregnancy spontaneously arising are one in 48 million. There are roughly 800 quintuplets in the entire world, and roughly 130 of them have been spontaneously conceived.

ČTK, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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