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Afghan mother in ‘extremely rare’ sextuplets birth

Posted by Administrator on January 24, 2012

Doctors say that the six babies - who have not been named yet - are well but under-weight

Doctors say that the six babies - who have not been named yet - are well but under-weight

An Afghan mother has given birth to six children at a hospital in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif.

The woman was not aware she was carrying more than one child and had not received fertility treatment.

Doctors say the mother arrived in hospital on Monday and gave birth on the same day to three boys and three girls. It was her first pregnancy.

Doctors say that having six children without fertility treatment is extremely rare.

Afghanistan has one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world.

‘Brave’

The mother, named as Sharah, 24, arrived in Mazar-e-Sharif hospital from a remote village in Balkh province.

Sharah is exhausted after the unexpected birth of her six children

Sharah is exhausted after the unexpected birth of her six children

Provincial Health Director Mirwais Rabi told the BBC that all six babies are well but under-weight, with one only weighing about 700g (25oz).

Mr Rabi said the sextuplets were being kept inside incubators and a special team of nurses and doctors are looking after them.

The mother is said to be in good health but exhausted.

Doctors say that had they been aware that she was carrying six children, she would have been in hospital at least several days in advance.

The BBC’s Bilal Sawary in Kabul says Sharah’s story has made headlines on Afghan television and radio stations.

“She is brave, she is amazing,” one resident said, “I don’t know how she carried six children. The government should help her now.”

A 2010 survey revealed that infant and under-fives mortality rates appeared to be decreasing.

Experts say that despite recent improvements, Afghanistan remains one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a pregnant woman or a young child.

One in 10 children in Afghanistan still dies before they are five years old, the survey said.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16700551

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7 Responses to “Afghan mother in ‘extremely rare’ sextuplets birth”

  1. Prisca said

    Congratulation

  2. I hear that many nurseries in kenya have closed for lack of children, because kenyan community does not to have many children as they assume it is a burden.There were time when children were regarded as a gift or a blessing, not anymore.Let God help us and not take children for granted

    • irene said

      The number has decreased also due to the fact that young people are consuming lethal brew so when they get home they just sleep.In some areas we have even seen women demonstrating they claim that men sleep with trousers on .The brew has irreversible impotent ability not even Viagra or surgery can wake up the sleeping dog.

  3. peris said

    she is lucky it was her first pregnancy.i dont think she will risk being pregnant again.what if she tries and gives birth to six more. Njuguna economy ndio mbaya.wallai hakuna haja uzae wengi wateseke.in kenya now watoto wengi ni burden.

  4. NOORA said

    WOOOW….DONT KNOW HOW ID REACT IF I POPPED 6 CHILDREN………..WOMEN R BRAVE,BEAUTIFUL INSIDE OUT………..STRONG,SPECIAL HUMAN BEINGS…………GOD IS WONDERFUL I SAY…..U JUST GOT TO THINK HOW HE MAKES IT HAPPEN!!!!!!!!!!

  5. SIX NA HIO JUA YA AFGANISTAN MY GOD?

  6. Virgy. said

    My God,six? congrats young mother, i really dnt know what could have happened if it was me.

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