Parents could afford treatment for only two of the quadruplets; hospital stepped in to save all four

The newborns had under-developed lungs; the family could not afford the Rs 25 lakh needed for treatment of all the four; decided to save the life of only two

Anurag Sharma

Indore: A woman gave birth to quadruplets in a hospital here. The lungs of the newborns were not fully developed. Due to financial constraints, the family decided to get treatment for only two of them. However, the hospital and the doctors took up the responsibility of saving the lives of all the four newborns. The quadruplets were under treatment for two and a half months and are now healthy.

IVF

Ashok Patidar, a resident of Jamgod village near Dewas, and his wife Rekha, had hoped to become parents after 15 years of marriage through IVF. A test later revealed that Rekha was carrying quadruplets in her womb. A surgery was carried out in the 26th week of pregnancy to save the life of the mother and the four children were born.

Weighed 620-740 gms

According to Dr Zafar Khan, who treated the quadruplets, their lungs were not fully developed because they were born prematurely. The four infants weighed between 620 – 740 grams at the time of birth. The family was unable to arrange Rs 25 lakh needed for the treatment of all the four infants. They decided to save the lives of only two of them. “But we treated all the four and charged only Rs 5 lakh from the family for medicines and lab expenses,” he added.

Hospital staff did double duty to care for the infants

A total of Rs 21 lakh were spent on treatment of the quadruplets. According to Dr Khan, Rs 4.5 lakh was collected through social media and donations from different organisations. The remaining was borne by the hospital. The hospital staff worked in double shifts for taking care of the children. From a team of seven doctors, two were always present to look after them.

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