Woman gives birth to five babies

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IMPHAL, September 22: For the first time in the State, a woman gave birth to five babies at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences today around 1:05 pm. She was seven months pregnant.

The woman is identified as Oinam (o) Gita Devi, 34, wife of O Shanta Singh, 35 of Thanga Samnkon.

Gita who has already four children gave birth to four girls and a boy, unfortunately one of the girls died soon after birth.

According to family members, soon after realising that she was pregnant for the fifth time, Gita started consulting doctors and having regular check-ups.

As advised by the doctor, Gita had undergone an ultrasound check-up. After checking the result, the doctor said she was carrying three babies, they said.

Following which, she became more careful and completed her seventh month today.

This morning, however, she went into labour and was rushed to the Bishnupur District Hospital around 8:30 and admitted there, family members said. There, doctors said she was carrying two or more babies and as such, it could be risky for her at the hospital and referred her to RIMS, where she was rushed immediately.

She gave birth to the first of the five babies at 1:05 pm and in a span of 70 minutes gave birth to four more babies.

The five babies weigh 700 grams, 800 grams and 900 grams. Two of the babies are said to be weak and have been shifted to the Intensive Care Unit.

The conditions of the two others and their mother are said to be normal.

The delivery was conducted under Dr Sivarani and Dr Pepe attended by other doctors and nurses.

Soon after hearing of the delivery of five babies at a time, people who were in the hospital at the time rushed in to see the babies.

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