A 25-year-old woman delivered five babies after a successful surgery in a local maternity hospital here. Afroza, a homemaker of Beerwa village of Budgam district in central Kashmir, gave birth to the babies, seven years after her first child was born.
This is for the first time in the Kashmir valley that any woman has delivered quintuplets successfully.
The Valley welcomed its first quintuplets after the 25-year-old homemaker delivered three boys and two girls at Srinagar’s premier Lal Ded hospital, apparently after being put on an ovulation drug.
“Afroza is around 25 and had given birth to a boy seven years back but wasn’t conceiving until she approached me last year. I put her on an ovulation induction drug, after which she conceived,” said Dr Mushtaq Matto, who operated on the central Kashmir resident.
Mushtaq Rather, medical superintendent at Lal Ded, said it was the first time that quintuplets had been born in the Valley. “Personally, I have come across a few cases where a woman gave birth to four babies,” Rather said.
Matto said twins were the commonest form of multiple births, though octuplets have been known to have survived abroad.
Matto said four of the babies were “normal” and weighed around 2kg but the fifth, a girl, was “weak” and weighed only 1.25kg, and had been referred to the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences. “She was not crying and not breathing properly, so we sent her to SKIMS.”
Afroza is from Budgam district in central Kashmir. Her 28-year-old husband, who has studied till Class XII, is a government employee. Their first-born, now seven years old, studies in a local private school.
The doctor said Afroza and her husband were initially disturbed when they learnt that she was carrying five babies. “But her husband was co-operative and they gradually came to terms with it. My fear was that she had already undergone one Caesarean during the birth of her first child and there was a likelihood that the uterus might rupture. But, thank God, she is fine,” Matto, a consultant at Lal Ded, added.
Family sources said Afroza had been finding it difficult to walk and got a special pheran (an outer garment used during winters) stitched, which could accommodate three persons at a time.
Neither Afroza nor her husband spoke to the media.