US woman gives birth to sextuplets in nine minutes

Photo: The Woman's Hospital of Texas
Photo: The Woman's Hospital of Texas 

A US mum has beaten the odds after giving birth to sextuplets - a one in 47 billion occurrence.

Thelma Chiaka welcomed two sets of twin boys and one set of twin girls in the space of just nine minutes at The Woman's Hospital of Texas last Friday.

The babies reportedly arrived in quick succession between 4:50 and 4:59 a.m and their weights ranged from one pound, 12 ounces (800g) and two pounds, 14 ounces (1.3 kg) 

According to the hospital, all are in a stable condition in the advanced neonatal intensive care unit.

The medical team of Dr. Ziad Haidar, Dr. Sharmeel Khaira and Dr. Israel Simchowitz report that mum is also doing well following the delivery.

Ms Chiaka named her daughters Zina and Zuriel.

No names have been released for the boys.

According to Raising Multiples, one or fewer sets of sextuplets (or more) are born in the US each year. 

In 2017, Alabama couple Courtney and Eric Waldrop, already parents to three boys, welcomed sextuplets. The family became the stars of TLC docuseries, Sweet Home Sextuplets.


Babies Blu, Layke, Tag, Rawlings, Rayne, and Rivers recently celebrated their first birthdays.

Meanwhile, the sextuplet stars of  Kate Plus 8, Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah and Joel, born at just 29 weeks in 2004 will turn 15 in May.