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Who were the Dion quintuplets?

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The first quintuplets known to live past infancy, the Dionne quintuplets were born May 28, 1934, in Canada . All girls, the identical quintuplets came from a single fertilized egg and were born at least two months early and weighed less than 14 pounds altogether.

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The government took Annette, Cecile, Yvonne, Marie and Emilie from their parents as babies, and they were raised in a hospital for nine years, though they had no health problems. The residence was called "Quintland," and it and the girls became a major tourist attraction. In addition, scientists used the children as a scientific study during their time as wards of the government.

The girls eventually returned to live with their parents, where they stayed until they were 18. At that time, they broke off relations with their parents, and three sisters later claimed abuse by their father. The only surviving sisters, Annette and Cecile, celebrated their 80th birthday in 2014.

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