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US woman gives birth to tiny sextuplets

US women gives birth to sextuplets Mother and babies well

Most dads look forward to a lie-in or breakfast in bed on Father's Day, but Mitchell Caroll got something extra, as his wife Heather gave birth to a set of sextuplets.

More than 50 medical professionals helped in the delivery of the six tiny babies at the Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, on Saturday morning.

The five girls and one boy ranged in weight from 2 pounds, 5 ounces to 1 pound, 10 ounces, and are in stable condition in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

The babies were delivered by Caesarean section after around 28 weeks of pregnancy. Mrs Caroll had spent weeks in hospital awaiting the birth. In a statement, the hospital said the 30 year old mother of three - now nine - was stable and resting well.

Obstetrician Dr Bill McKenzie said: “Heather and Mitchell Carroll were committed to this journey, their family and community were supportive, and God was faithful.

“I am so proud of this mother’s toughness and appreciative for the excellent preparation and care she received at Brookwood Medical Center.”

Mr Caroll is now wearing six ID bracelets - one blue and five pink - so that he can visit the latest additions to his family at the hospital NICU, the Birmingham News reported.

The hospital staff rehearsed the delivery on six occasions, and each of the six babies had their own personal care team assigned to them.

“This is a historical day for Brookwood Medical Center,” said Amy Beard, administrative director of women’s services at the hospital.

"While multiple births are a common occurrence in our facility, this delivery required a high level of preparation and orchestration. We were well prepared, and I couldn’t be more proud of our team.”

This article was published on Tue 21 June 2011

Image © Amanda Helms, Brookwood Medical Center

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