updated 10/27/2008 11:25:29 AM ET 2008-10-27T15:25:29

A couple spent seven years raising their only child, a son — until he was joined by sextuplets, only the second set ever born in the city.

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Four boys and two girls were born earlier this month to 31-year-old Digna Carpio and her 36-year-old husband, Victor, a maintenance worker with the city's Housing Authority.

The sextuplets were born at Manhattan's Mount Sinai Medical Center, weighing 1 1/2 to 2 pounds each. Until their parents name them, they're known as babies A, B, C, D, E and F.

The couple didn't announce the births immediately because they wanted to make sure the infants all lived. Doctors initially gave one girl only a 25 percent chance to survive because of a heart valve problem that has since been repaired surgically; she now has a 75 percent chance.

"I've watched each of my babies fight so hard to survive," Digna Carpio tearfully told the Daily News. "Life is beautiful, and we're so thankful."

City Council member Tony Avella started a collection for baby supplies.

New York's only other sextuplets, the Boniellos, were born in 1997.

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