Sri Lanka welcomes its first sextuplets
By Dilanthi Jayamanne
Sextuplets – three boys and three girls – were born to a couple in Sri Lanka for the first time in the country’s history yesterday (21).
The proud parents are a couple living in the vicinity of the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) area in Angoda, the private hospital which facilitated the resources and medical teams based in Kirimandala Mawatha, Narahenpita, announced.
Team leader Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Prof. Tiran Dias said yesterday (21) that the children had been delivered following a caesarean operation on the 31-year-old mother in the early hours of the morning.
They were born between 12.16 a.m. to 12.18 a.m. and the babies and the mother are in good health, he reassured. Prof. Dias said the mother is currently in intensive care following the surgery while the infants delivered after 31 weeks of gestation were in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Of them, the second to be born has been placed in a ventilator. Prof. Dias noted that although the obstetrics and gynecological teams had experience delivering quintuplets, quadruplets and triplets, this was a first for Sri Lanka, and very rare occurrence in the world. “So there was very little experience for the team involved in the delivery to draw from.” He said the mother of the sextuplets had attended his clinic during pregnancy.
Recalling the experience, Physician, Dr. Priyankara Jayawardena said the mother’s blood pressure had been high while there had been other complications as the pregnancy advanced which had to be dealt with. The challenge was to safeguard the lives of the mother and the six unborn infants while balancing the wellbeing of the mother’s health and the growth of the children.
He noted however that the proud parents of the sextuplets had left it to the medical teams to make the decisions using their medical knowledge. The medical teams would also have to ensure the wellbeing of these children within the next few days, he added.