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Twins to leave hospital after premature birth at 22 weeks

2010/05/24 20:17:52

Taipei, May 24 (CNA) Doctors said Monday that a pair of twins whowere born prematurely at only 22 weeks old had recovered and were setto be released from a hospital in central Taiwan's Taichung Citywhere they were born five months ago.

Pediatrician Lin Hung-chih at the Children's Medical Center ofChina Medical University Hospital said that the baby girl weighedonly 500 grams when delivered, while her brother weighed 550g.

After treatment, the twins have grown to 2,065g and 2,375grespectively, Lin said, and could be released as early as next week.

Lin said he had searched domestic and foreign medical documentsand reports for information about similar cases, but found no recordsof twins surviving if born under six months old.

The survival rate of "ultra-premature" babies is decided by howlong they stay in the womb, Lin said. The chance of a 22-week-oldpremature baby staying alive is only one out of 10, he said.

The survival rate of a pair of 22-week-old premature twins isbetween one-sixth to one-third of that for a single-cell prematurebaby of the same age, Lin added.

When the twins were delivered from their 35-year-old mother, noneof their inner organs were mature, he said.

(By Hau Hsueh-chin and Elizabeth Hsu)