MORELIA, Mexico (CBS) -- A Mexican woman has given birth to sextuplets, two boys and four girls, after complications forced doctors to perform a Caesarean section at 27 weeks into her pregnancy.
Salud Romero Ruiz, 31, from Morelia, gave birth late Thursday (January 10) in the central city of Morelia in Michoacan state. The babies' weight ranged from 500 grams (1 lb. 2 oz.) to 900 grams (2 lbs.) and they averaged 30 centimetres (12 in.) in length.
Due to their delicate health, the babies were put into intensive care. On Monday (January 14) doctors announced that two of the babies - both girls - had died.
Ruiz told reporters Saturday (January 12) she was expecting five and was surprised with the sixth baby.
"Yes, the doctor had told me there were five," she said.
She added, "During the operation, when they started taking out those on top and I was told there was another one, well, what can you do?"
Asked in the hospital whether she was happy, she said, "Yes, I'm happy."
In 2001, Ruiz gave birth to quadruplets, but only two of them survived.
Rare in nature, multiple births are often the result of medical fertility treatment, but Romero Ruiz is not thought to have received such treatment during either pregnancy.