Inflated Fertility

A 29-year-old Sri Lankan woman Wednesday gave birth to three girls and two boys in the island’s first recorded quintuplet delivery, hospital officials here said. A 29-year-old Sri Lankan woman Wednesday gave birth to three girls and two boys in the island’s first recorded quintuplet delivery, hospital officials here said. The unemployed woman, Chamila Weerasekara, and the five babies were doing well after Caesarean-section surgery that lasted just over an hour, Castle Street maternity hospital director Dr. Wimal Karandagoda said.

“This is very, very rare and the first case of quintuplets recorded in Sri Lanka,” Karandagoda told AFP. “The five babies and the mother are doing very well.”

He said the babies weighing between 1.1 kilograms (2.42 pounds) and 2.2 kg were immediately moved to the intensive care unit and placed in incubators. The babies were premature by about a month, he added.

“We were surprised when we saw the fifth baby because ultrasound scans had shown only four,” Karandagoda said, adding all five incubators at his intensive care unit were now occupied by one family.

However, the hospital made hasty arrangements for another pr