A 25-year-old woman delivered five babies after a successful surgery in a local maternity hospital here. Afroza, a homemaker of Beerwa village of Budgam district in central Kashmir, gave birth to the babies, seven years after her first child was born.
This is for the first time in the Kashmir valley that any woman has delivered quintuplets successfully.
Doctors attending on her said all the five babies – two girls and three boys —are alive though one of baby girl has been referred to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences for specialised treatment. Doctors say the weight of babies is average to good with the lightest of all weighing 1.25 kg.
“Afroza was my patient for last nine months and today [on Thursday] I operated upon her and she delivered five babies”, said Mushtaq Ahmad Matoo, consultant at the Lal Ded Memorial Maternity hospital here.
“During pregnancy, her weight had increased from 70 kg to 90 kg. All through she had unbearable pain. In her second month of pregnancy we detected that she was carrying multiple babies”, said Matoo.
Seven years back Afroza had given birth to a baby boy.
Despite not conceiving for for the last seven years, Afroza did not give up hopes. Doctors put her on the ovulation induction drug and she successfully conceived, though with certain complication because of multiple babies.
“It is a miracle that she gave birth to five babies. In such scenario blood circulation is a problem. Though she gave birth to five babies, it is very hard to breastfeed all”, Matoo said.
For the middle class family of a remote village it was a joy unparalleled.
“We asked whether they would go for family planning now they said no. Their joy knew no bounds”, said one of the doctors attending on Afroza.