Russian woman gives birth to quintuplets in Britain

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London, Nov 15 (UNI) A Russian woman, who was recommended to opt for abortion in her homeland, has given birth to quintuplets in Britain.

The 29-year-old music teacher travelled to Britain to give all five of her daughters a chance to live.

Live births of such a large number of babies are extremely rare and the risks to the mother are high. Mostly, either miscarriages happen or babies are born too prematurely.

Doctors in Russia had urged the couple to undergo selective termination of the foetuses.

But the couple ended up at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where 18 doctors and nurses were on duty when the girls were delivered by caesarean section.

The infants, who were born 14 weeks premature, were said to be ''doing well''.

The mother, who does not wish to be identified, is also said to be recovering well, the Daily Mail reported.

The couple conceived the quintuplets after taking fertility drugs.

A spokesman at the John Radcliffe Hospital said last night,''They didn't want selective terminations and we felt able to help her.'' UNI

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