- Title: WEST BANK: INFERTILE WOMAN GIVES BIRTH TO QUINTUPLETS.
- Date: 30th June 2004
- Summary: (EU) BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK (JUNE 29, 2004) (REUTERS) 1. VARIOUS OF QUINTUPLETS AT MATERNITY WARD 2. EXTERIOR OF HOLY FAMILY HOSPITAL IN BETHLEHEM 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DR. SAMIR ASFOUR SAYING "Actually, we are dealing with an infertility case for fifteen years. Because the infertility is unexplained, she had three trials of IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) and the third trial, she was successful and she had six embryos transferred and five embryos completed the pregnancy until eight months. " 4. MEDICAL STAFF LOOKING AT PICTURE OF CHILDREN 5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DR SAMIR ASFOUR SAYING: "The condition of the babies? "They are very well, they are all over one kilo". 6. DOCTOR WITH MOTHER LOOKING AT PICTURE OF CHILDREN 7. MOTHER, HUDA ALI RASHID WALKING DOWN THE HOSPITAL CORRIDOR 8. MOTHER HUDA ALI RASHID LOOKING AT BABY IN INCUBATOR Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 15th July 2004 13:00
- Location: BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Reuters ID: LVA1DM1G69UO6RMC49UGPLHQTPCE
- Story Text: Infertile woman gives birth to quintuplets
A Palestinian woman who had been infertile for
more than 15 years has given birth to quintuplets.
The babies, born on Saturday (June 26, 2004) at the Holy
Family Hospital in Bethlehem, were in good health with each
weighing over one kilogram.
The mother, Huda Al Rashid, conceived after a course of
IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) treatment, the third in the
fifteen years that she had been trying to have childen.
Under this procedure eggs are fertilised outside the
mother's body and then implanted in the womb.
A team of three paediatricians, two anaesthetists,
three midwives and seven neonatal nurses were on hand for
the birth, by caesarian section.
Although cases of multiple births are quite frequent
after a fertility treatment, there have only been five
recorded incidents of quintuplets as a result of IVF,
according to Dr. Samir Asfour, who supervised the delivery
of the children.
In nature, the mathematical chance of having
quintuplets is roughly one in 41 million.
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