The Hemisphere: Late but Inexorable

The law of averages hung like an invisible executioner over the rude Dionne farmhouse near the village of Callander, Ont. on the morning of May 28, 1934. The odds againsf the birth of quintuplets were 41.6 million to one. The odds that all would live for long were even greater. Three of the baby girls were delivered by midwives before Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe arrived to deliver Marie and Emilie; he never could recall which was born last. In all they weighed about 12 Ibs. The doctor held little hope for their survival and left them with the midwives.

But the quintuplets...

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