Vietnamese woman gives birth to rare quintuplets in HCMC

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The five quintuplets three boys and two girls a 28-year-old woman gave birth to at Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City last weekend. The woman became pregnant via artificial insemination.

In an extremely rare case, a Vietnamese woman gave birth to quintuplets at a Ho Chi Minh City maternity hospital last Sunday.

Doctors at Tu Du Hospital performed a C-section on the mother, Le Huynh Anh Thu, 28, at around 7 p.m. and managed to successfully deliver three boys and two girls, weighing 2, 1.5, 1.8, 1.3 and 1.3 kilograms respectively.

The babies were born 33.5 weeks after conception. Their condition were stable, doctors said.

Thu, a District 5 resident, became pregnant via intrauterine insemination (IUI), a method in which sperm is placed directly into a woman's uterus, according to doctors.

Earlier, hospitals in HCMC recorded two cases of quadruplet births, also incredibly rare. The occurrence at Gia Dinh Hospital in 2011 was also the result of artificial insemination, while the other instance at Tu Du Hospital in 2012 involved natural fertilization. All eight babies have experienced good health so far.

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According to infertility specialists, multiple births are much less uncommon when artificial insemination is administered and that parents may choose to have some of the fetuses aborted seven to eight weeks after conception. After 11 weeks, abortions become more difficult to carry out.

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