Quintuplets: born in pretoria

2013-06-21 00:00

QUINTUPLETS were born at the Steve Biko academic hospital in Pretoria yesterday.

Simon Zwane, spokesperson for Gauteng’s Health Department, confirmed the births.

He did not give any further details, like the sex, weight or the health of the five babies, as the parents did not give the department permission to say anything more about the births, he said last night.

Staff in the hospital’s maternity ward could also not divulge any more information yesterday.

As far as is known, there is only one case in South Africa where all five babies born as quintuplets are still alive. Francois, Pieter, Hendrik, Marius and Heinrich Neuhoff, from Bredell in Kempton Park, were born on February 29, 1980, and are now 33 years old.

They are reportedly the only all-male quintuplets in the world and the only set to be born on a leap year. At birth, their weight ranged between 1,3 kg and 1,7 kg.

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