A middle aged african-american woman, Thelma Chiaka from Houston, Texas delivered six children (sextuplets) in a span of nine minutes.
Between 4:50 and 4:59 a.m, Thelma delivered two sets of twin boys and one set of twin girls, in a statement released by the Woman’s Hospital of Texas. According to the hospital, the babies weighed between 1 pound, 12 ounces to 2 pounds, 14 ounces. They are in stable condition and will receive treatment at the hospital’s advanced neonatal intensive care unit.
Multiple babies can be a cause for premature birth and lower weight of the infants. According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, babies born “before 32 weeks of pregnancy can die or have severe health problems, even with the best of care”.
The odds of giving birth to sextuplets is 1 in 4.7 billion, according to the hospital. A study by raisingmultiples.org suggested that one or fewer sets of sextuplets are born each year in the U.S. The hospital said Thelma named the girls Zina and Zuriel, the names of the boys have not been revealed yet. The Women’s Hospital in Texas said it delivers more babies than any other hospital in Texas.