A Covid-19 positive woman gave birth to twin babies at the Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) in upper Assam’s Dibrugarh on Friday.

Speaking to Northeast Now on Friday, Principal and chief superintendent of Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) Dr. Sanjeeb Kakati said, “It’s a good news for us that a Covid positive woman gave birth to twin babies. I congratulate the family and the medical staff for their successful operation.”

“The twins, a baby boy and a baby girl are healthy and both are Covid negative. The 34-year-woman who belongs to Moran area of Dibrugarh and had undergone IVF technology after being childless for 14 years after her marriage,” Kakati said.

On the night of May 19, she was taken to a private hospital in Dibrugarh after she developed obstetrical problems.

Kakati said, “During testing, she was found Covid positive and was referred to the Assam Medical College. Seeing her serious condition a team of doctors and nurses led by the head of the genealogy and obstetrics department, Dr. Ramesh Sonowal carried out a C-section and successfully delivered the twins.”

“Both the mother and twins are healthy. The male baby weighs 2.5 kg and the female baby weighs 2 kg and both are Covid negative. The twins are being kept at the neo-natal care unit. Since they were born prematurely at 35 weeks we are providing phototherapy to prevent jaundice,” the principal said.

In a tweet, health minister Keshab Mahanta congratulated the doctors and nursing team of the AMCH for the successful delivery.

“It’s profoundly heartwarming to see a mother, who is Covid +ve, holding her twin babies born through IVF. Extremely proud of the @AMCHDibrugarh doctors and nursing team for the successful delivery,” the minister tweeted.

On Friday, 367 Covid-19 positive cases were detected in Dibrugarh.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com