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Balkh woman gives birth to sextuplets

Balkh woman gives birth to sextuplets

Jan 24, 2012 - 16:31

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PANinfo-icon): A 25-year-old woman gave birth to six children at a hospital in northern Balkh province, with doctors saying the mother and children are in good healthinfo-icon.

A doctor at the Balkh Civil Hospital, Abdul Rauf Farogh, told Pajhwok Afghan News the children included three boys and as many girls. The condition of one baby was a bit worrisome due low weight, he said.

It was the woman's first pregnancy, one and a half year after she was married. Her husband, Nasrullah, was happy to become a father of six. Before the delivery, he said, an ultra-sound showed his wife had four children in her womb, but she gave birth to sextuplets.

Nasrullah said he was a labourer and spent all the money he had earned on meeting his wife's nutritional needs during pregnancy.

Hailing from the remote area of Panja Jareba, he urged the government to help him feed his children. Being a labourer, it would be a tough task for him to meet his family needs, the 27 years old added.

Her spouse, Sara Gul, said: "I was scared when doctors told me I have four children in my womb. But now I am happy." She deliberately went through a miscarriage for fear they would not be able feed the children.

But later on, Gul said, she was convinced that everything is in the hands of God. She also expected assistance from the government.

Dr. Farogh said the weight of some of the infants was low, but they were safe. "The maximum weight of some is one kilo and 180 grams and others only 470 grams." A normal baby's weight should be 2500g. "However, when there are more than two babies in a mother's womb, their weight decreases," the doctor explained, saying the babies would remain under medical care until the weight of each of them increased to 2,000g.

A gynecologist at the hospital, Dr. Hameedi Elmi, said Gul's babies were safe because she had good nutrition during pregnancy. Admitted to hospital nine days ago, she was provided the required food.

It is for the second time that a woman has given birth to six children in the hospital, according to the gynecologist.



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