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Quintuplets born at Lima hospital
[January 17, 2009]

Quintuplets born at Lima hospital


(EFE Ingles Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Lima, Jan 17 (EFE).- A Peruvian woman gave birth to quintuplets - three boys and two girls - at Edgardo Rebagliati Martins Hospital in Lima, authorities announced.

A press release from Essalud, the Peruvian social security organization that operates the hospital, said Friday that the woman underwent a successful Cesarean section "after expecting for a tense 31 weeks." Her identity has not yet been revealed.



The babies are the first quintuplets born at one of Peru's public social security hospitals and have been named Leandro, Gabriel, Fernando, Melania and Berenice.

According to the report, all are in good health, although they are being kept under observation in the Intensive Care Unit for Newborns at Rebagliati Hospital.


Dr. Hector Malaverry, the hospital's chief of obstetrics and gynecology, said that the mother "had needed complete rest for more than five weeks so the babies could gain weight and develop their lungs better, which now increases their chances of survival despite the problems that come with being premature."

The little ones will be presented together with their mother in the coming days, since all still need complete rest and observation by the medical team.

"It's worth mentioning that premature babies need a different kind of care from full-term babies, because their incomplete development could present some problems," the communique said. EFE.

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Copyright ? 2009 EFE News Services (U.S.) Inc.

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