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Italian Woman Has Sextuplets; One Dies

October 9, 1988

ROME (AP) _ A 26-year-old woman gave birth to sextuplets at a Rome hospital, but one baby died Sunday and one was in guarded condition, doctors said. The other four infants were reported doing well.

The four boys and two girls were born Saturday in Gemelli Hospital to Lucia Soma, who was reported in good condition.

Dr. Costantino Romagnoli said the 1-pound, 7-ounce boy who died suffered from underdeveloped lungs and had been kept alive with a respirator. He said another boy was in guarded condition.

The babies, who were born prematurely after seven months, must survive at least 96 hours before they are considered out of danger, Romagnoli said.

The mother, who had taken fertility drugs, had been pregnant with seven babies, but one died in the womb four weeks ago, according to Lorenzo Sommella, vice director of health services at Gemelli Hospital.

The father, Saverio Catapano, 31, said he is a worker who earns a little more than $700 a month and that he and his wife share one room in a house owned by his in-laws.

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