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Italian gives birth to two sets of identical twins

In the first case of its kind in Italy, and possibly Europe, a woman has given birth to two sets of identical twins.

Italian gives birth to two sets of identical twins
The woman from Sicily gave birth to two sets of identical twins in an Italy first. Photo: Shutterstock

The extremely rare set of quadruplets – two boys and two girls – were born at Gaslini children’s hospital in Genoa on December 4th, Corriere reported.

“For the first time in Italy, and Europe, as far as we know, two pairs of identical twins were born in a single birth,” Dario Paladini, the hospital’s director of fetal medicine and surgery, said.

“There have been other cases, but in America. It is very rare.”

Marie Antonietta and her husband Andrea, from Sicily, conceived the twins through in-vitro fertilization at a clinic in Catania.

Despite being made aware of the risks of the pregnancy, and advised to abort one of the sets of twins, the couple decided to go ahead with what they described as an “adventure”, and sought assistance at the respected Gaslini hospital.

The babies, called Vittoria, Costanza, Geremia and Marcantonio, arrived by caesarean section at the 31st week of pregnancy, six weeks ahead of the full pregnancy term.

Although their birth weight was low, all four siblings are said to be in good health.

Complications in multi-birth pregnancies are common and can lead to premature delivery.

Their arrival comes almost a year after a woman from Utah in America gave birth to two sets of identical twins – four girls.

And in 2013, two sets of identical twins – all boys – were born to a woman from Texas.

Although there have been a couple of other cases reported, also in America, the odds of it happening are roughly around one in 70 million.

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56-year-old Italian woman has natural birth: reports

A 56-year-old woman from Treviso in Veneto has given birth without assisted fertility treatment, according to reports in the Italian press.

56-year-old Italian woman has natural birth: reports
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The woman gave birth to a girl, called Beatriz, at Angelo di Mestre hospital in late December.

She also has two other daughters, aged 34 and 28 years.

The reports say the child was born naturally, with one doctor telling Corriere: “It's a record, a miracle.” 

However doubts have been cast by medics over similar reports in the past.

Only a handful of women in their 50s have fallen pregnant without fertility treatment. One of these is an Italian woman, Giovanna Cardi, who in 2010 gave birth to a baby girl, at the age of 54.

The oldest woman known to have had a child naturally was 59-year-old Dawn Brooke, from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, who had a son in 1997.