Identical natural quadruplets born in Shanghai
The chances of having natural quadruplets are about one in 800,000. The chances of having a set of identical quadruplets are one in 11 million to 15 million, but on July 7, four babies beat the odds.
The identical baby girls were delivered shortly after 5 pm Thursday in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital of Fudan University (Shanghai Red House Ob & Gyn Hospital) in Shanghai, Shanghai Morning Post reported.
The girls were delivered by Caesarean section after 31 weeks; all are in good health. “Although their weight is not enough, their maturity is good. Only one child breathes with a ventilator when being transported,’’ said obstetrician Shen Jie.
The girls were conceived without fertility drugs; one egg split three times to produce four babies. The babies were transferred to a children’s hospital and are under intensive care.
A tiger cub enjoys a cool bath given by a zookeeper at Shanghai Wild Animal Park on July 6. The city issued this year’s first yellow warning for high temperatures on July 4.