Heartbreak as quintuplets born in Sudan lose battle to survive

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A Sudanese woman who gave birth to premature quintuplets has been left inconsolable after all five babies failed to survive.

The babies died 30 hours after birth in a hospital in Omdurman, the second largest city in Sudan.

The hospital management released five death certificates that explained the babies had low blood circulation and respiratory failure due to a lack of lung growth.

The mother had been admitted to the hospital last Monday, under the supervision of two obstetricians and five midwives.

The five children were placed in intensive care after they were born in the 28th week of the pregnancy.

Seven hours after the birth, the first child died. On the second day, three of them died after sunset, and four hours later, the fifth child died.

Sudan has one of the highest rates of neonatal mortality in the world, while the Sudanese health ministry says 49 percent of newborns are at risk of dying.

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