Woman gives birth to sextuplets in Chittagong
08 November 2015, Nirapad News: In a rare incident, a woman has given birth to six babies at a time in Chittagong.
The sextuplets include a boy and five girls were born from 10:15am to 10:30am on Saturday at the city’s Jameson Red Crescent Maternity Hospital through normal delivery.
However, four of them died and only two girls managed to survive and were kept in the incubator at the Neonatal unit of Chittagong Medical College Hospital.
Talking to the Dhaka Tribune, Dr Pranab Kumar Chowdhury, head of Pediatrics Department, CMCH, said: “If the birth weight of a live born infant is less than 2,500g then we call it Low Birth Weight (LBW).
However, the two infants weigh 600g and 650g respectively which we call Extreme Low Birth Weight (ELBW). The life of the ELBW infants is always very critical and in most cases they hardly survive. However, our neonatal team is trying its level best and providing all medical support to the infants.”
Rafia Anwara, 25, the mother of sextuplets got married to Md Yakub five years ago. Rafia’s husband is a resident of Sadeknagar area under Fatikchhari upazila in Chittagong and now an expatriate in the UAE.
While talking to the reporters, Dr Rosy Dutta, Chief Medical Officer of Jameson Red Crescent Maternity Hospital said that the mother was in good health.
“Rafia came to the hospital at 7:30am for check-up all the way from Fatkchhari upazila and all on sudden the labour pan arose. The mother was expected to give birth on March 10, 2016. However, the babies were born prematurely less than 24 weeks,” said Dr Rosy.
“The mother did not go through any regular check-up before and consulted a gynecologist for once on October 2 at Fatkchhari. Each infant the mother gave birth to was underweight,” said Dr Rosy, adding that the mother had a three-year old girl who was born through caesarean delivery.
All the six infants could have survived if the mother had received proper care during her pregnancy. But she might have been deprived of the care she needed because of the conservative environment in her in-laws’ house, the physicians said.