An Indian woman gave birth to 10 premature babies, none of which survived. She had probably been taking fertility drugs, leading to the high number of miscarriages.
Anju Kushwaha, a 28-year-old from the Satna district of Madhya Pradesh, reportedly broke Indian medical records late last Sunday night when doctors found a tenth fetus in her womb, after she had delivered nine miscarried fetuses on the way to the hospital.
One India news portal reported that the woman reached the hospital around 11 p.m. Her husband Sanjay was carrying the nine premature babies that had already been born, wrapped in a cloth. The last baby was delivered at 12:30 a.m.
"She delivered nine of them midway," said Dr. Pathak, assistant superintendent of the hospital, told Times of India. "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."
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Dr. Pathak who delivered the baby said that the woman had undergone fertility treatments. Fertility medications and assisted reproductive technology (ART) can lead to hyperstimulation of the uterus, in which the ovaries are stimulated to product many egg sacs, according to experts.
"It seems that that there was no regular follow-up of her pregnancy after IVF," said Dr. Sumitra Yadav, a senior gynecologist with the state-run Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital. "At least three offspring could have been saved by reducing the pregnancy."
There was a long line of people outside the maternity ward hoping to catch a glimpse of Kushwaha. Doctors at the hospital decided to use her case as a study for a research paper on multi-fetal pregnancy.
Doctors said that Kushwaha is in good health following the ordeal.