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Saturday, August 16, 2008
Rare Sextuplets Born In Iraq, Four Survive

An Iraqi mom welcomed what is believed to be the first set of sextuplets in the country's history.

Sadly, two of the babies didn't survive because the hospital lacked the proper equipment to keep them alive, her doctor said.

"Two of the children died because of problems breathing," said Dr Ali al-Jabiri, in charge of premature infants at Al-Habboubi Hospital in the southern Iraqi city of Nassiriya.

"If we had suitable medical equipment then we could have saved them," he added.

The babies all weighed between 700 and 1,200 grams (24-44 ounces). Two boys and two girls survived. Their mother had used fertility drugs.

"The problem is, how can I take care of them? How to feed them?" said their mother, Ibtisam Najim Abid, at the hospital.

Having the equipment is only half of the solution. This country needs medical personnel that is also trained to look after babies in this situation.

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