Sextuplets born in Philadelphia

June 2, 2011 at 11:02 AM

ABINGTON, Pa., June 2 (UPI) -- Three boys and three girls are the first sextuplets born at Abington Memorial Hospital in Montgomery County, Pa., the hospital said.

The premature infants were being treated at the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit, but few additional details were available, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The children were born Wednesday and the family is "local," hospital spokeswoman Linda Millevoi said.

Millevoi wouldn't name the mother; she said the hospital would release more information "in the near future and at the family's discretion."

Of the 4.2 million births in the United States in 2008, just 46 were quintuplets or larger groups of multiples, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said.

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