October 27, 2008 / 4:54 PM / 11 years ago

New York woman gives birth to sextuplets

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York woman gave birth to sextuplets — four boys and two girls — earlier this month, the Mount Sinai Medical Center said on Monday.

But Digna and Victor Carpio, who also have a seven-year-old son, kept the birth as secret for three weeks as their babies fought to survive, the New York Daily News reported.

The babies — identified at the moment as A, B, C, D, E and F — were born by Caesarean section on October 6 during the 25th week of pregnancy, about three months early, each weighing between 1.5 and 2 pounds (680 and 900 grams), the newspaper reported.

“I’ve watched each of my babies fight so hard to survive,” Carpio, 31, told the Daily News. “Life is beautiful and we’re so thankful.”

The Daily News reported that the Carpio sextuplets are only the second set born in New York City.

The paper said all six babies have now very good odds of survival. The couple plans to name them before they turn one-month-old.

The hospital confirmed the birth of the sextuplets but gave no further details. Multiple births are often the result of fertility treatment but it was not known whether the parents in this case had undergone such treatment.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols, Editing by Sandra Maler

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