In a rare instance of childbirth that even surprised the doctors, Manita Kumari, 25 gave birth to quintuplets (five babies) at the Civil Hospital in Ambikapur town of Chhattisgarh's Surguja district.
Manita, hailing from a village falling under Lakhanpur Block, was admitted to the Civil Hospital on 31 March by her husband Umesh Kumar.
The sonography test done before the delivery detected more than two children but, five, was a total surprise.
"Babies are premature and were just six to seven months in the womb. They all have very low-birth weight (LBW) and survival rate of LBW children even in best hospitals is low," said Dr NP Pandey, chief superintendent of Ambikapur district hospital.
Dr Pandey said birth of quintuplets is not new in India, but he has never heard about pre-mature quintuplets here so far. The hospital has kept the babies in NICU to protect them from infections as this is the only way to increase their survival rate.