Sextuplets born in north Philadelphia suburb

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 02, 2011 3:23 PM
Sextuplets born in north Philadelphia suburb

ABINGTON, Pa (Reuters) - Have a cigar -- and another, and another, and another three -- to celebrate the birth of sextuplets at a hospital in a northern Philadelphia suburb.

The three baby boys and three baby girls were in the neonatal intensive care unit of Abington Memorial Hospital on Thursday after they were born prematurely on Wednesday.

Rare as the birth of sextuplets is, Pennsylvania may have more than its share. The state is home to the unusual family in the one-time reality television show "Jon & Kate Plus 8," about parents raising a brood of sextuplets and twins.

According to a website run by MOST (Mothers of Super Twins), one or less sets of sextuplets are born each year in the United States.

Abington Memorial declined to identify the parents of the new sextuplets, except to say they live nearby.

(Reporting by Dave Warner; Editing by Barbara Goldberg)