Four of Bahraini sextuplets die, 2 critical

June 25th, 2008 - 7:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, June 25 (IANS) Four of the sextuplets a Bahraini woman had given birth to have died while the remaining two are in critical condition. While three of the babies died Monday night, the fourth died Tuesday, according to a report in the daily Gulf News.

The remaining two are in critical condition in the intensive car unit of the neo-natal ward in the Salmaniya Medical Complex in the Bahraini capital Manama.

The new-borns, weighing between 460 and 650 grams, were delivered by Caesarean section last Sunday after a 25-week pregnancy.

The newspaper quoted sources as saying that the woman had undergone in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment, during which four eggs were implanted, two of which divided, resulting in six embryos.

The procedure, carried out in a private clinic, might have been botched up and officials are investigating this, the report said.

“It is likely that the doctor at the private clinic did not properly guide the patient and by the time she was advised to abort the ‘extra embryos’, it was too late,” the report quoted the sources as saying.

While the mother is a teacher, the father works in Bahraini telecom firm Batelco.

The couple also has a five-year-old daughter.

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