Born at seven months: Each baby weighs just 850 gms, and two are still in a serious condition
A Sangrur couple became the parents of India’s first-ever all-girl quintuplets to survive on Tuesday morning.
The baby girls were delivered at a private hospital in Bhucho town near Bhatinda, Punjab.
Kuldeep Kaur, 32, who is the wife of a farmer from Giddaraani village under Sangrur district, was admitted to the hospital on April 30.
“Nobody was ready to take this case as it was highly complicated. Kuldeep’s life was in danger as she was carrying five babies with just 5 gm blood. The ultrasound had revealed only four babies but she actually delivered five,” said Dr Harkiran Kaur, head of gynaecology department, Adesh Hospital, who supervised the deliveries.
According to doctors, Kuldeep is out of danger now but two of the babies are in a serious condition.
As the babies were delivered prematurely within seven months of pregnancy, they are underweight.
“Each baby weighs just 850 gm as they were born prematurely. We are taking care of them and they are under round-the-clock medical supervision,” said Dr Harkiran Kaur.
The couple, Kuldeep and Sukhpal Singh, already have two daughters aged between four and seven years.
Despite the poverty and already having two girls, they decided to give birth to five other girls. This is not only an example to parents who resort to inhumane practices like female infanticide, but also carries a strong message about the importance of a girl child.
Kuldeep gave birth to the all-girl quintuplets at a time when Punjab and neighbouring Haryana are struggling with a poor sex ratio. These states have earned a bad name for female foeticides.
Poor sex ratio has also compelled the Union government to launch pro-girl child welfare programmes like ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’.
“I am proud of my daughters and will leave no stone unturned to educate them,” said Sukhpal Singh, who belongs to a family of farmers.
Adesh Hospital authorities said as a matter of goodwill, the hospital waived off all expenses incurred during and after the deliveries.
The authorities have appealed the people to help the poor couple. While some people have already come forward for adoption, some have offered monetary help.
To help the couple, contact at 0164-5055045