25-year-old Indian mother gives birth to 5 healthy daughters

A mother who went into the hospital expecting to give birth to one baby was more than a little surprised just over half an hour later when she had five daughters.When Manita Singh was rushed to the hospital at just 26 weeks pregnant after she began to complain of labour pains, she feared the worse.The 25-year-old had lost her first son shortly after he was born two years earlier, and she now faced the prospect of losing this baby as well.At 11am, the doctors at the local government hospital in Ambikapur, in Chhattisgarh in eastern India, delivered the first little girl naturally at 11am – swiftly followed by her four sisters.

Manita’s delighted husband Manish said: ‘I am extremely grateful to God for blessing us with not one but five children.‘We were heartbroken when we lost our first child, a son, immediately after birth two years ago. I believe God has compensated the loss.‘I only hope that they all survive and I can give them a wonderful life.’The couple hadn’t realised they were about to have five little bundles of joy because Manita had never had an ultrasound.However, the little girls – who weigh just 1.5kg, or 3.3 pounds, each – are not quite out of the woods yet, the doctors who are closely monitoring the children have said.

Dr Tekam, who led the team of doctors in the delivery, said: ‘This is the first case in my career where I have delivered five babies through normal birth.‘We are very happy for the parents but the babies are under supervision as they all are premature.‘While they are healthy, we cannot say if they will survive.‘However, we are doing every bit to save them.’


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