UK Mom Welcomes Sextuplets 14 Weeks Early!

UPDATE (May 21st, 2010):  One of the  little boys lost his fight this morning.  Max Clifford, the family’s press rep told the media today,

“I’ve just spoken to the parents. They’ve told me that one of the little boys died earlier on today.

“They are hoping and praying that the others are going to survive.”

ORIGINAL POST – Exciting news in the UK! A mom has defied the odds to give birth to the first sextuplets born in England for more than quarter of century.

Surrounded by a team of doctors and nurses, Vicky Lamb welcomed four girls and two boys last Friday at just 26 weeks gestation, weighing between 1lb 5oz and 1lb 15oz.

The tiny babies are now in the NICU under 24 hour care at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital.
Doctors say the few days and weeks will be ‘critical’ for the siblings, who are dependent on a vast array of medical equipment and the devotion of experts for their survival.
Staff at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals said they felt ‘privileged’ to have played a part in the birth, which had been the subject of meticulous planning over several weeks.
There were different teams of medical staff at the birth to look after the mother and each of her babies.
Dr Kenny McCormick, Consultant Neonatologist said:

‘The next few days and weeks will be critical. Babies that are born this early need a lot of specialist care.
‘They are receiving round the clock intensive care and specialist nursing at the moment and their condition is constantly monitored.’

During this difficult time the couple has asked to be left in peace to focus on their babies.

Even though they seem more common, such a high number of babies is incredibly rare and the birth of sextuplets is estimated to occur in just one in every 4.5million pregnancies.

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