Vietnam's quadruplets receive kangaroo care

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One of the quadruplets born in Ho Chi Minh City's Tu Du Hospital last month receives kangaroo care from her grandmother.

Doctors in Ho Chi Minh City have arranged for quadruplets born two weeks ago to receive kangaroo care, a skin to skin warming solution usually applied to preterm babies.

The four baby girls were discharged from the intensive care unit Friday, two weeks after making national headlines as a rare delivery at Tu Du, the city's leading obstetrics hospital, news website VnExpress reported.

Dr Ngo Minh Xuan, head of the hospital's Infant Department, has instructed Tran Thi Tinh, the mother from Dong Thap Province in the Mekong Delta, and her mother, sister and brother, to the warming method. The father is busy working.

Xuan said the babies are all stable and can be discharged next week, but they will have to receive the treatment for around three weeks. The method is believed to stabilize babies' temperature, heart rate and improve their weight and sleep.

The babies were born as 32-week embryos weighing 1.2, 1.5, 1.6, and 1.7 kilograms. The youngest one is still the lightest.

Tinh has been instructed to breastfeed two babies at a time to save her from much work. But the babies are also given formula milk as the mother does not have enough for all.

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The woman and her husband Tran Huu Dong said they have been worried about how to take care of four babies at a time with an unstable income of around VND100,000 (US$5) per day, from hiring out their labor at other people's farms.

Dong said his wife has been crying since learning she had four babies, believed to happen once in every 700,000 deliveries worldwide.

A VnExpress report said people make donations to the couple at the husband's Sacombank account 060051597578.

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