A 29-year-old mother gave birth naturally to quadruplets in Sagaing Region on Thursday. The weight of the children was taken down as averaging from 1kg to 1.3kg, according to a paediatrician.
Medical Superintendent Dr Thet Swe said that Daw Myint Myint Aye did not know she was pregnant with quadruplets as she failed to receive medical checkups during her pregnancy.
“The most common forms of multiples are twins and triplets. The delivery of quadruplets is quite rare,” the doctor said, adding that the mother was referred to a 550-bed hospital in Mandalay, where she is kept in intensive care unit because she was weak with exhaustion.
As the father of the four newborns is a carpenter, the Department of Social Welfare provided financial assistance. Well wishers in Sagaing contributed K140,000 (US$120) to the parents.
The third newborn is in a critical condition while the fourth has been put on a ventilator. From the medical point of view, multiple births are associated with a high rate of infant mortality.
Aung Thant Khaing