Emirati gives birth to quintuplets

Four of the five babies are seen here. (SUPPLIED)

An Emirati woman gave birth to quintuplets in a caesarian operation and doctors described it as one of the rarest cases in the world, the semi official daily Alittihad reported on Monday.

The three boys and two girls were born at Tawam Hospital in the oasis city of Al-Ain and all of them are in a good health, the paper said, quoting Dr Tahera Naim, an obstetrics consultant.

The mother was also in a good condition after the operation that ended her seven-month pregnancy, the paper said, adding that the five babies weighed around one kg each at birth.

The mother had been admitted to hospital six weeks before delivery and she and her babies were kept four weeks after delivery to ensure they are in a good health before they were discharged.

After they were let out of hospital, each of them weighed around two kg, according to the paper.

“It is one of the rarest cases in the world…it is a combination of three rare cases including that the woman was pregnant with five, her pregnancy continued for seven full months without any complications or premature delivery and the five twins were born in a good health without any physical or mental problems,” said Dr Huwaida Khair, a gynecology and obstetrics consultant at Tawam Hospital.

The babies’ parents already have five children, whose father is a government employee with a limited income, Alittihad said.

It quoted the unnamed father as saying he had refused advice by three other hospitals in the UAE to let his wife abort the babies as they could endanger her health.

“I live in a three-bed room house and I now face a prblem in hosting the new comers…my income is not enough for me to rent a bigger house,” he said.

 

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