SEXTUPLETS, who were born to a Bahraini couple at the Salmaniya Medical Complex, were said last night to be in a "stable and good condition". The sextuplets, the second reported case of its kind in Bahrain, weigh between 460 grams and 650gms after being born 35 minutes between the first and last baby.
The three boys and three girls, who were born to a 35-year-old teacher at a Hamad Town school and a Batelco employee, were delivered after a 25-week pregnancy, said hospital obstetrics department head Dr Amal Hassani.
"All of the children are in a stable and good condition," she said.
The first reported case was on June 12, 2001, when six babies, four boys and two girls, were delivered by caesarean section to a Bahraini mother of two after 26 weeks' pregnancy.
However, the children of Majida Al Shamma and her husband, post office employee Jaffer Abdulla, lost three of the babies, two boys and one girl, within three days of birth due to complications from severe lung infection and other conditions.
Quintuplets have, however, been born on more than one occasion in Bahrain, said sources, adding they have generally survived with little or no complications.
"All of the six born yesterday are stable and seem to be in good condition, but we will have to wait and see how they progress within the next two days," said Dr Hassani.
The children were delivered by caesarean section after the mother went into labour early morning yesterday.
The mother already has a five-year-old daughter, said the sources.
"The six have been put under the care of neo-natal intensivists, who are monitoring their condition on a minute-to-minute basis," said Dr Hassani.
"Since such premature children have a very high chance of developing complications, like breathing problems and heart conditions, they have to be monitored constantly."
She said the chances are that all the children would pull through successfully.
Other members of the team which conducted the successful operation were Dr Haytham Rahma, Dr Rajini Muthukrishnan, Dr Shadi Al Shabah and Dr Sharifa Abdul Rasool.
A team of nurses, technicians and other staff also assisted.
Dr Hassani called upon pharmacies, consumer organisations and philanthropic group to reach out to the family and assist it in looking after the six babies.
"They will immediately need a large quantity of milk and other products like diapers and a lot of help with their upbringing in the days and months to come," she said.