Vietnam woman delivers rare natural quadruplets

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Tran Thi Tinh's four babies at the intensive care ward in HCMC's Tu Du Hospital on June 26

A Mekong Delta woman gave birth to quadruplets, all girls, at Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, the hospital said Tuesday.

Tran Thi Tinh, 31, of Dong Thap Province was admitted June 20.

The doctors decided to perform a C-section since they expected Tinh to delivery prematurely and she had prenatal convulsions.

She gave birth to four babies weighing 1.2-1.7 kilograms who have been placed in intensive care. Both babies and mother are reported to be doing well.

Tinh already has two children a boy and a girl.

Dr Le Thi Cam Giang of Tu Du Hospital said it is not rare for a woman to deliver quadruplets in the case of in vitro fertilization, but it is rare in natural deliveries like Tinh's.

"One in around 89 deliveries ends in the birth of twins, triplets are one in 7,921, and quadruplets, one in 704,969," she said.

Since Tinh's family is poor, some philanthropists have been raising money for her to support the children .

The hospital said it last delivered quadruplets in 2006.

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