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5 Surviving Egyptian Sextuplets Are Well

October 28, 2003

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ Five surviving Egyptian sextuplets were doing well and already at home Tuesday, a day after their birth.

``They look cute, but I can’t distinguish them from each other,″ said their 30-year-old mother, Manal Salah Abdel Hakim.

Two of the three boys and the two girls were identical. A baby girl died shortly after birth Monday.

``This is our gift from God,″ their father, Abdel-Baqi Al-Sayed Abdel-Meguid, told The Associated Press by telephone from his home in Benha, 30 miles north of Cairo. ``God will provide them with their needs.″

Dr. Mahmoud Mansour, who delivered the babies, said the mother and babies were fine.

The boys are named Mahmoud, Al-Sayed and Hani, and the girls Hanem and Hebat Allah. Their weights ranged from 3 pounds, 1 ounce to 3 pounds, 13 ounces.

The couple had been expecting a multiple birth since early in the pregnancy, but five _ not six _ babies. The mother was not on any medication and already had a girl and two sons.

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