Woman gives birth to twins a month after delivering baby boy as doctors fail to notice 'a second uterus'
20-year-old Arifa Sultana Iti and her three babies are all believed to be doing well after being discharged from the hospital on Tuesday
A 20-year-old Bangladeshi woman raised eyebrows last week when she delivered twins, 26 days after giving birth to a baby boy. According to medical experts, the woman has uterus didelphys - the condition of having two uteruses.
On February 25, Arifa Sultana Iti from Sharsha Upazila in Khulna district was rushed to the Khulna Medical College hospital in nearby Jessore following complications with her pregnancy, local media outlets in capital Dhaka reported.
The young mother returned home soon after giving birth to a premature baby boy through normal delivery. However, doctors had failed to notice the presence of her second uterus, The Telegraph reports.
Iti was rushed to Ad-Dwin Hospital in Jessore on Mar 22 when she fell ill 26 days after the birth of the boy, bbdnews24 reported. The hospital's chief gynecologist Dr Sheila Poddar said that Iti ended up delivering twins — a boy and a girl — via C-section surgery after an ultrasonic test revealed she had two uteri.
Speaking to bbdnews24, Dr Poddar said, “She did not realize that she was still pregnant with the twins."
The gynecologist, who had never come across such a "rare incident" before, said, “The first baby boy was born from one womb and the twins from the other."
Having said that, the mother and her three babies are all believed to be doing well after being discharged from the hospital on Tuesday. According to Jessore’s chief government doctor Dilip Roy, he had never come across a case like this in his 30 years of practice.
However, Dr. Roy questioned why doctors from Khulna Medical college were not able to detect Iti's second pregnancy on the first go. Nonetheless, Iti's husband Sumon Biswas said it was a "miracle from Allah" that all his children were in good health. “I will try and keep them happy”, he added.
According to gynaecologist, the rare phenomenon of two uteri in a woman can develop when she is just a growing fetus in her mother's womb.
"If you go for a scan beforehand it would be very obvious to see two sets of uteruses. But obviously they are from a more rural area [and might not have access to ultrasound scanning]," Dr Christopher Ng of the GynaeMD Clinic in Singapore told the BBC.
"[It's likely that] three eggs ovulated and were fertilized at the same time during her fertile period which resulted in three embryos."