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Critical triplets battle for survival

TRIPLETS who were born two months premature are still in a critical condition at Shanghai Children's Medical Center 10 days after treatment.

But the good news is that the sisters so far show no signs of congenital deformity or other diseases, hospital officials said yesterday.

They will be kept at the hospital's intensive care unit for at least one month for observation and treatment, since they are too weak and their organs aren't properly formed.

Liu Ziwen, Liu Zihan and Liu Zi'an were born to migrant workers from Anhui Province. The 26-year-old mother started to feel stomach pains on the night of July 26 and delivered the three girls by natural birth the next morning at Renji Hospital.

The triplets were immediately rushed to the Shanghai Children's Medical Center.

"The three weighed only 1.27 kilograms, 1.15kg and 1.01kg when born, far lighter than a normal newborn at 2.5kg," said Xia Lin, a hospital official. "Their life signs are not stable. They have quicker respiration and undeveloped digestive function, which results in malnutrition." However, the hospital is confident of their eventual recovery.


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