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Updated Sep 7, 2012 - 3:04 pm

North Carolina woman gives birth to quintuplets in Mesa

MESA, Ariz. - A North Carolina couple who found out on Super Bowl Sunday that they were going to be a mom and dad are now the proud parents of quintuplets.

Within days of learning she was pregnant for the first time, Carmen Matthews said she was told that the doctor heard five little heartbeats.

"I'm excited about being a mom and feeding them and changing diapers," she said. "It's scary as well."

Mike Matthews is a happy dad, but said the pregnancy and birth process tested the couple's nerves.

"We were happy with twins," he said. "We weren't disappointed with five, but just scared."

The quintuplets, three boys and two girls, weighed in at a collective 18 pounds and were delivered at Banner Desert Medical in Mesa, Ariz.

The couple said they believe they are done having children.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

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