25-year-old Manita Kumar who thought she was expecting one baby went into labor two months early and gave birth to quintuplets (five babies) all girls, on April 2 at the Civil Hospital in Ambikapur,town of Chhhattisgartrt's Surguja district, India, the Times of India reports.
All five babies are said to be healthy but weighed 2 or 3 pounds at the time of their birth; underweight as compared to normal babies. Dr. K. R. Tekam, a paediatric at the hospital said they have been kept under the observation of doctors.
The five girls have been named: Jiya, Jjanv, Jyoti, Jigayasa, and Janynamed. Kumar's husband Umesh told TOI he and his wife felt "extremely blessed" to have all the children, as Manita gave birth to a son two years ago but the child died shortly after childbirth.
The couple had not been able to afford an ultrasound this time around and Manita felt completely normal throughout, so there was no reason to believe she was pregnant with anything more than one healthy child.
In a recent update, TOI said that while the mother has since been discharged from the hospital, the babies remain in the ICU. Four of them are suffering from jaundice and there is concern about their size.
The parents were worried about how they were going to financially take care of the babies and all their medical bills, but the District Administration of Ambikapur is going to provide financial aid to the family.
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