A 20-year-old Bangladesh woman with two wombs has delivered twins almost one month after giving birth to a premature son.
Arifa Sultana, delivered her first baby on 25 February at the Khulna Medical College Hospital in Khulna district.
Ms. Sultana started experiencing pain in her stomach and was rushed to the Ad-din Hospital in the Jessore district on 21 March after which they found she had twins in her second uterus.
Speaking to the BBC, Dr. Sheila Poddar, a Gynaecologist said that ultrasound revealed that the young mother indeed had twins and they had to perform an emergency caesarean to deliver them.
“We were very shocked and surprised. It’s a rare incident. I have seen such a case for the first time.The first baby was born from one womb. The two babies born here are from the other womb. She had no idea that she had two other babies. We carried out a caesarean and she delivered twins, one male and female,” said Dr. Poddar.
The 20-year-old and her newborns were discharged on 25 March after four days in hospital. The babies were healthy and had no complications despite never being monitored throughout pregnancy.
According to Mayo Clinic, a double uterus, (uterus didelphys) often causes no symptoms and is present from birth.
Women who have a double uterus can still successfully have children but it could increase the chances of miscarriage or premature birth.
The condition affects about one in 3,000 women. However, the odds of carrying a baby in each at the same time are around one in five million.