|Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital Makes History With Birth Of IVF Babies
ALOR SETAR, Dec 17 (Bernama) -- The Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital made its own history with the birth of four babies, including triplets, through the In Vitro fertilisation this month.
Reproductive medical consultant at the hospital's Obstetric and Gynaecology Department, Dr Murizah Mohd Zain, said Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital was the second government hospital, after Kuala Lumpur Hospital, to offer IVF using the intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).
The first baby, a boy weighing 3.4kg, was born on Dec 6, while the second birth, involving triplets (two boys and a girl), the lightest at 1.8kg and the heaviest at 2.2kg, four days later.
"The babies are in a satisfactory condition, except the girl, who has yellow fever," Dr Murizah told reporters at the hospital on Thursday.
She said the hospital's reproductive medical unit, which received referral cases from Kedah, Penang, Perlis and Kelantan, had handled 47 IVF procedure cases since it was established in March this year.
Of the total cases, only 13 were confirmed pregnant, she added.
Dr Murizah said among the conditions set for couples intending to take IVF treatment were that they were childless and their age should not be more than 43 years old.
She said the cost of the treatment was between RM3,500 and RM4,500 while in private hospitals, it could be between RM15,000 and RM18,000.
Meanwhile, Zunnurain @ Noraini Ramlan, 35, who gave birth to the first baby, said she had waited for eight years and was overjoyed to be blessed with a healthy and normal son.
"My husband and I went for various treatment, including traditional, but without success, until my mother's neighbour told me about the IVF process.
"Without much thought, my husband and I came to the hospital and I finally became pregnant," said the administrative assistant at the Seberang Prai Polytechnic in Butterworth.
Zunnurain gave birth to her baby, named Muhammad Afif Syahmi, through caesarian.
Hospital director Dr Juita Ghazalie said she was proud with the achievement and congratulated her staff for their commitment and efforts.
The hospital, however, did not provide details on the triplets, as requested by the parents.