Category: Society / January 14, 2013 4:20 PM EST
A Mexican woman has given birth to sextuplets - two boys and four girls - after complications forced doctors to perform a Caesarean section at 27 weeks into her pregnancy.
The mother Salud Romero Ruiz commented on the surprise of the six children:
"Yes, the doctor had told me there were five. During the operation, when they started taking out those on top and then I was told there was another one”
Due to their delicate health, the babies were put into intensive care. On Monday (January 14) doctors announced that two of the babies - both girls - had died.
Hospital Director Yara Pineda told a news conference Saturday (January 12) that all babies were underweight and still in postnatal care.
"The babies' weight is obviously very low. They weigh between 500 grams and 900 grams and the outlook is not the best, obviously, because they are underweight and due to their short gestational period. But we are doing everything we can to help them in the best conditions possible."
In 2001, Ruiz gave birth to quadruplets, but only two of them survived.
Rare in nature, multiple births are often the result of medical fertility treatment, but Romero Ruiz is not thought to have received such treatment during either pregnancy.