While twins and triplets are common, sextuplets are not.
‘Sextuplets’ in this case refers to the birth of 6 babies at once. It’s a miracle for ordinary folks, a challenge for doctors and all in all, a rarity in the world we live in.
According to The Nation, leading Pakistani English News Daily, that’s what happened in North Waziristan in Pakistan on January 25th. Just 3 days before, a woman from Tibba Murtaza Shah region had given birth to 4 babies (quadrupets).
The woman gave birth to a total of 6 healthy babies (2 females and 4 males).
Although the doctors are reported to have said that newborn babies as well as their mother were fit and fine, all of them have been shifted to a military hospital in Bannu District, Pakistan.
Listed below is some key information on sextuplet deliveries that might interest you:
1. First successful sextuplets delivery was recorded in 1968
All 6 babies were born alive. While 1 baby died shortly after entering the world, 2 others died within a time frame of 2 weeks. The Thorns couple to whom these babies were born was from Birmingham in England.
2. First sextuplets to have survived their infancy were born in South Africa
It was on Jan 11, 1974 that 6 babies were born to Rosenkowitz couple. Interestingly, all babies were conceived by using fertility eggs.
3. First All-female sextuplets were born in 1983
The Walton sextuplets were all females. They did manage to live through their infancy.