ROXAS CITY, Philippines?A 17-year-old girl from this city prematurely gave birth to quadruplets Sunday evening in a government hospital in Iloilo City.
Rigievie Baes, who was on her seventh month of pregnancy, delivered four male infants via Caesarean section at the Western Visayas Medical Center in Mandurriao, Iloilo City. The third quadruplet, however, died Monday afternoon due to a heart problem.
In an interview Tuesday morning Rigivie?s father, Edgar Baes, said she was first brought to Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital Friday evening.
Edgar said the family had decided that Rigivie undergo an ultrasound to find out why her womb was large. The ultrasound first indicated she carried triplets.
Edgar said the attending doctor requested the family to bring the patient to Iloilo City because RMPH did not have an incubator to meet the needs of the newborn babies.
Arnie Desales, aunt of 18-year-old Jomard Castro, Rigivie?s live-in partner, said she traveled with the expectant mother from Roxas City to Iloilo City.
Desales said the family was surprised when Rigievie gave birth to four infants instead of three as seen earlier on the ultrasound. Three of the babies weighed one kilo each and the third was about 0.9 kilo.
Desales confirmed that heartbeat of the third infant was weak.
The dead baby was brought Monday afternoon to the house of Romeo Dordas, Jomard?s grandfather, in Barangay Lawaan, Roxas City.
Doctors at the WVMC declared Rigievie and the three other babies in stable condition.
Also on Monday, Roxas City Mayor Angel Alan Celino instructed city administrator Gilbert Tan to oversee and assist the needs of the girl and her premature babies.
Tan went to Iloilo City to give the financial assistance of the mayor, who was on official travel in Macau. He told reporters here that the city government would shoulder the hospital bills of Rigivie and her newborn sons.
Tan added that part of the mayor?s salary would be given for infant formula and for other needs of the babies. Jomard would also be given a job at the City Hall, Tan added.