In a tragic story out of India, a woman who used fertility drugs and wound up pregnant with 10 babies has miscarried all of them at once.
The Indo-Asian News Service reports that Anju Kushwaha, who is 28, was about 12 weeks along when she prematurely delivered nine of the babies. She arrived at the hospital before delivering the 10th but she prematurely delivered the tenth and final baby there.
Anju Kushwaha from Koti village in Satna district was taken to the Sanjay Gandhi Memorial hospital, 125 km away in neighboring Rewa district, after she went into labor. A doctor attending to the woman said the medical team was awestruck when Anju’s husband Sanjay presented them the bodies of the nine stillborn babies. The doctors said it was a case of miscarriage followed by “hyper stimulation syndrome”, where fertility drugs stimulate the ovaries to produce many egg sacs.
The Huffington Post has more on this terrible tale:
It appears fertility drugs may have contributed to Kushwaha’s conception and unusually high multiple pregnancy. According to the Business Standard, doctors at the hospital said the miscarriages followed ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome — a complication from fertility medication.
“It seems that that there was no regular follow-up of her pregnancy after [in vitro fertilization],” Dr. Sumitra Yadav, a senior gynecologist, told The Times Of India. “At least three offspring could have been saved by reducing the pregnancy.”
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While the birth of 10 children at once is rare, there have been other reported cases of doctors delivering a high number of babies in a single delivery. As Xinhua News Agency notes, a doctor in Rome claimed to have removed 15 from the womb of a 35-year-old woman in 1971.