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Woman with two wombs gives birth from both

Indian women with two wombs gives birth to boys, one from each uterus One boy from each uterus

An Indian woman with two wombs has given birth to two boys, one from each uterus.

Rinku Devi, 28, from the northern city of Patna, had expected to deliver twins. Instead, the babies were conceived from two eggs fertilised at different times, each of which then developed in a separate womb.

Ms Devi has a double uterus, also known as uterus didelphys. Less than 100 women worldwide are known to have been pregnant in both wombs.

The chance of a woman with two wombs having two separate births is estimated to be around one in five million.

Despite having already given birth to a single baby four years ago, Ms Devi was unaware she had the rare medical condition.

"I got to know about having two uteruses when I was already in labour pain," Ms Rinka was reported as saying in the Daily Mail.

"I didn't know how to react. I was in pain and quite scared. I had not heard of anything like this before. I got to know about the rarity and the severity of this condition days after my delivery.

"I am very happy and feel proud to have survived through this. When I was told I was carrying twins, I thought they would look the same, but I am happy they look different. I want to thank God for giving me a new life," she said.

The premature babies were delivered by Caesarean section at the Mati Sadan Prijat Nursing Home in Muzzaffarpur by gynaecologist Dr Dipti Singh. The babies weighed 4lbs and 4oz and 3lbs 3oz.

During normal fetal growth, the uterus develops from two small tubes called Mullers ducts, which usually join to form a single uterus. However, in some cases the tubes fail to join completely, and two cavities or wombs are formed.

The two wombs may share a set of Fallopian tubes, ovaries, cervix or vagina, but some women also have duplicates of these.

Women with the condition are usually at a higher risk of miscarriage, premature birth and bleeding during pregnancy.

In December 2006, Hannah Kersey from Northam in Devon became the first woman with two wombs to give birth to triplets; identical twins which developed in one womb and a single baby in the other.

This article was published on Mon 8 August 2011

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