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Triplets out of danger after treatment

THE six-week-old triplet sisters, born to a migrant family, are now in stable condition after treatment and the two younger siblings are healthy enough to be discharged from hospital soon, officials with the Shanghai Children's Medical Center said yesterday.

The elder sister will be kept in the intensive care unit for a few more weeks because of her weak lungs.

Despite the good news, the poor family is still worried about the huge medical bill.

Their father Liu Feng, a construction worker, hails from Anhui Province.

Liu Ziwen, Liu Zihan and Liu Zi'an were born two months prematurely on July 27. They were rushed to the center immediately after they were born to their 26-year-old mother at Renji Hospital.

Premature delivery and low birth weight meant their lives were at risk.

The three babies weighed only 1.27 kilograms, 1.15 kg and 1.01 kg, respectively, far less than a normal newborn baby which weighs 2.5 kilograms. The babies also had poor immunity and immature development of organs.

"The treatment for the three children has cost some 100,000 yuan (US$14,706) and the family has used up all their savings and borrowed from relatives and friends to pay most of the bill. But they still owe the hospital some 20,000 yuan," said Xia Lin of the medical center.


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