A woman who had to seek medical help in getting pregnant had four babies in Hanoi, on Thursday.
Doctor Nguyen Ngoc Loi, director of the newborn care center at the Central Ob-Gyn Hospital that performed the surgery, said the babies were delivered via caesarean section, prematurely, in their 32nd week.
Loi said he couldn't risk waiting, since doing so would have threatened the lives of the mother and her kids.
The quadruplets were immediately put on respirators, but were breathing normally and independently by Friday.
One weighed 1.6 kilograms, another 1.8 kilograms and two others 1.7 kilograms each.
Loi said the babies will be kept under observation for eye and intestinal complications.
The biggest baby may be able to recover and leave the hospital in a week, and others should follow the week after that, he said.
This was the first case of quadruplets he’s seen in a career that's spanned over 30 years.
“Multiple births usually occur through natural conception,” he said.
Vu Thi Phuong Hoa, the 34-year-old mother, suffers polycystic ovary syndrome a condition that made it hard for her to get pregnant.
She and her husband, also 34, sought invitro-fertilization therapy at a fertility clinic in Hanoi.
Nguyen Danh Cuong, deputy director at the hospital, told news website VnExpress that Hoa had a C-section six years ago and the multiple pregnancy threatened to rupture the old scar on her uterus.
Doctors advised her to enter the hospital in her 24th week of pregnancy to ensure close observation and she agreed, Cuong said.
“She’s strong, calm and followed doctors’ orders. We have applied the best methods possible to keep the pregnancy going for as long as possible,” he said.
The mother is a nurse at a military hospital, according to VnExpress.
An ultrasound scan in the 16th week revealed that she would have four babies.
The family has been both happy and worried.
“We can heave a sigh of relief now,” she said.
She said she and her husband still aren't sure how they'll care for four babies once.