Woman gives birth to 10 babies in Madhya Pradesh

A 28-year-old woman from Satna district of Madhya Pradesh has reportedly broken all the Indian medical records after giving birth to 10 babies at a time, on Sunday late night. But, none survived.

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This is said to be the largest ever reported number of fetuses in one womb, at least in India so far as a doctor in Rome once claimed that he has removed 15 fetuses from a woman in 1971.

Anju Kushwaha, a resident of Koti village in Satna was referred to Sanjay Gandhi Memorial (SGM) hospital in Rewa district - located 125km from her village - following medical complications on Sunday evening.

"She delivered nine of them midway. Obstetric and NICU team at our hospital helped her to deliver the 10th one in the operation theatre - all were born dead at almost 12 weeks" said Dr SK Pathak, assistant superintendent of the hospital told TOI.

She reached hospital at around 11pm with her husband Sanjay who was carrying nine premature offspring's wrapped in a piece of cloth. The last one was delivered at around 12.31am.

While there was a long queue outside the maternity ward to have a glimpse of the mother and set of her multiple offspring's, doctors at the hospital decided to submit a new research paper on this particular case of high order multi-foetal pregnancy.

Dr Pathak said that Anju had undergone fertility treatments.

Experts claim that multiple pregnancies like this happen due to over stimulation during fertility medications and assisted reproductive technology (ART).

"It seems that that there was no regular follow-up of her pregnancy after IVF. At least three offspring's could have been saved by reducing the pregnancy," says Dr Sumitra Yadav, a senior gynecologist associated with Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital, Indore - state's largest government facility.

Multifetal pregnancy reduction (MFPR) also known as "selective termination could have been done in this case, she said adding it's a procedure used to reduce the number of fetuses in a multiple pregnancy, usually more than three.

"Risks of miscarriage, stillbirth, and lifelong disability increase with each additional fetus. MFPR is usually done early in a pregnancy, between the 9th and 12th weeks. This procedure helps to reduce chances of miscarriage and delivering healthy babies," Dr Yadav added.

Though this is said to be first case in MP, a doctor had reportedly removed 15 fetuses from the womb of a 35-year-old woman in Rome in 1971 as per medical journals. It was the largest reported number of fetuses in one womb in the world. Then, in 1999, a woman in Malaysia also birthed 9 babies, but none survived.