A Saudi couple, Abdullah Ibn Muhammad Al-Samman and his wife, have been blessed with the good health of their seven babies who were born at Abha Hospital in Asir Province in the southwestern part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on January 24, 1998. Delivering septuplets is a rare phenomenon, and the Saudi set is only the second in the world to survive, by the will of God, after six weeks. The first set was born last year to an American woman in Iowa.
Dr. Ahmed Saleh, associate professor of gynecology at Abha Medical School and the mother's supervising doctor, considers this delivery as a phenomenon that should be recorded in history as an extraordinary event. Director of Abha Hospital Dr. Abdullah Awn Al-Hina has said that the septuplets will remain in the hospital for monitoring and supervision until they are ready to be discharged, receiving complete care and all necessary medical and nutritional supplies. Dr. Al-Hina added that the supervising doctors prepare a daily report on the condition of the babies, who will continue to be provided with hospital care after they are discharged.
The hospital statement reported that the first child, a boy, has increased from a birthweight of 1.15 to 2.05 kilograms; the second, a girl, from 1.02 to 2.05; the third, a boy, from 0.9 to 1.7; the fourth, a girl, from 0.95 to 1.75; and the fifth, also a girl, from 1.0 to 1.9 kilograms. All five are in stable condition, and being fed normally. The sixth, a boy, was disconnected from oxygen tubes two days ago, and is now recovering from the severe respiratory inflammation from which he was suffering. His weight has increased to 1.7 from 1.05 kilograms at birth. The seventh, also a boy, is still connected to oxygen tubes, and is being fed intravenously. His weight has increased from 0.95 to 1.7 kilograms.
The 43-year-old mother of the septuplets began to feel pain in the fourth month of her pregnancy. Her situation became unstable on Ramadan 26, 1418 H [January 24, 1998], and a Caesarean section was carried out. Fortunately, this was completely successful. The family has named the seven children Fahd, Sultan, Naif, Salman, Al-Anoud, Noura, and Hind.