A Bangladeshi mother has given birth to three babies in a unique situation where she was pregnant with twins and a baby boy at the same time.
Arifa Sultana, 20, gave birth to the boy late February through
Pregnant in her ‘second’ uterus, the new mom was about to get the shock of her life
“She didn’t realize she was still pregnant with the twins,” Drthe Sheila Poddar, a gynecologist who treated the woman, told Agence France-Presse (AFP). “Her waters broke labor after the first baby was born and she rushed to us.”
The doctor said the twins were delivered via emergency caesarean section at a different hospital from where the woman gave birth to her first baby.
“When the patient came in we performed an ultrasound on her and found there were twin babies,” Poddar said. “We were very shocked and surprised. I have never observed something like this before.”
The chief government doctor told AFP he was surprised the first hospital didn’t notice the second uterus.
A double uterus, known as uterus didelphys, is a rare congenital abnormality.
“I haven’t seen any case like this in my 30-year-plus medical career,” Dr. Dilip Roy told the news service.
“It is not very common to have two uteruses. When the uterus develops, it comes from two tubes, and those tubes fuse together,” Dr. S.N. Basu, head of obstetrics and gynecology at Max Healthcare hospital in New Delhi, explained to CNN. “For some women, the fusion does not occur, and the dividing wall does not dissolve.”
The new mother is reportedly doing fine with her three babies. The new dad told reporters, “I will try my best to keep them happy.”