HEALTH

Mexican Mother Delivers Sextuplets in 'Delicate' Condition

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - OCTOBER 14:  A premature baby rests in an incubator inside the Neonatal ward at the Malalai Maternity hospital on October 14, 2007 in Kabul, Afghanistan. According to a UNICEF survey, one in nine Afghan women die during or shortly after pregnancy in Afghanistan, one of the highest rates in the world. At the hospital there are approximately 60 to 100 babies born each day, with many women making long journeys to receive the free medical care. UNICEF states that many pregnant women are deprived of basic health care and only 11 percent of deliveries take place in a healthcare facility. In many cases the conservative Afghan culture places the health of many women at risk. Forty percent of the women in Afghanistan are married before the age of 18 with one third having children before reaching adulthood. (Photo Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - OCTOBER 14: A premature baby rests in an incubator inside the Neonatal ward at the Malalai Maternity hospital on October 14, 2007 in Kabul, Afghanistan. According to a UNICEF survey, one in nine Afghan women die during or shortly after pregnancy in Afghanistan, one of the highest rates in the world. At the hospital there are approximately 60 to 100 babies born each day, with many women making long journeys to receive the free medical care. UNICEF states that many pregnant women are deprived of basic health care and only 11 percent of deliveries take place in a healthcare facility. In many cases the conservative Afghan culture places the health of many women at risk. Forty percent of the women in Afghanistan are married before the age of 18 with one third having children before reaching adulthood. (Photo Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)  (2007 Getty Images)

A woman in Mexico who had previously given birth to quadruplets gave birth to sextuplets, four girls and two boys, in “delicate” condition.

Born at just 27 weeks, the babies are considered extremely premature. And as of Monday afternoon, according to Azteca Noticias, two of the babies had already died.

Delivered last week in Morelia, Mexico, the surviving children are still in “unstable” condition.

Yara Pineda, the director at the Women’s Hospital where the babies were born, released a statement on the condition of both the mother and children.

The babies’ health "is delicate because they are underweight, because of their lack of pulmonary development and because of all the complications associated with artificial respiration," Pineda said.

"The doctors caring for the minors are making every possible effort to keep them healthy and breathing by themselves." 

The mother, Salud Romero Ruiz, delivered the babies by cesarean section.

The infants are in intensive care with hopes that with the right medication and treatment their condition will improve rapidly.

This is the second high-risk birth for Ruiz, who 12 years ago gave birth to quadruplets. Of her first high risk birth, just three of the children survived.

The children were conceived naturally, through no use of fertility treatments. 

Before Ruiz, New York resident Digna Carpio is believed to be the last woman in North America to deliver sextuplets. Carpio documented her birth on the TLC show "Sextuplets Take New York."

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