A 20-year-old Bangladeshi woman has given birth to twins less than a month after delivering her first child.
CNN reports that Arifa Sultana has been blessed with two more babies 26 days after she gave birth to a boy in late February.
Dr. Sheila Poddar, a gynecologist at Ad-Din Hospital in Dhaka says Arifa and her baby were discharged from a Dhaka hospital after a normal delivery less than four weeks ago.
26 days later, she was admitted to Ad-Din hospital after experiencing abdominal pains.
“She came to the hospital complaining of lower abdominal pain,” Dr. Poddar says.
Doctors discovered she was pregnant with twins after performing an ultrasound.
Medics explain that Ms. Sultana has two uteruses, a condition called uterus didelphys.
Her first baby and the twins were conceived and grown in separate wombs.
Ms. Arifa did not get an ultrasound before her first delivery, hence doctors did not realize she had more babies in her womb.
“It is not very common to have two uteruses. When the uterus develops, it comes from two tubes, and those tubes fuse together."
"For some women, the fusion does not occur, and the dividing wall does not dissolve,” says Dr. S.N. Basu, head of obstetrics and gynecology at Max Healthcare hospital in New Delhi.
Dr. Poddar managed to successfully deliver the twins through a C-section: a boy and a girl.
“All three children are safe and healthy. The mother is also fine," Dr. Poddar says.
A uterus didelphys is a very rare congenital abnormality.