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Midwifery Sister at Birmingham Maternity Hospital, where It was reported earlier

Midwifery Sister at Birmingham Maternity Hospital, where It was reported earlier


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Midwifery Sister at Birmingham Maternity Hospital, where It was reported earlier

Midwifery Sister at Birmingham Maternity Hospital, where It was reported earlier yesterday, 2nd October 1968, that Sheila Thorns from Birmingham underwent a Caesarean section early this morning during which six children - four boys and two girls - were delivered. In what was been hailed as the first recorded case of live sextuplets in Britain. All the babies were placed in incubators after being delivered. Twenty eight medical staff from Birmingham Maternity Hospital were present at the delivery. Three of the Thorns sextuplets survived, July, Susan & Roger, and went on to live healthy lives

Birmingham Post and Mail Archive
Mirrorpix
United Kingdom
BPM 68 5611

Media ID 21672746

© Mirrorpix

Babies Barry Thorns Births Fertility Treatment Medical Multiple Births Sextuplets Sheila Thorns


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EDITORS COMMENTS
This print captures a historic moment in British medical history. Taken at Birmingham Maternity Hospital on the 2nd of October, 1968, it showcases a dedicated Midwifery Sister who played an integral role in an extraordinary event. Sheila Thorns from Birmingham underwent a groundbreaking Caesarean section earlier that morning, resulting in the delivery of six beautiful children - four boys and two girls. This remarkable occurrence marked the first recorded case of live sextuplets in Britain. The photograph depicts the Midwifery Sister alongside twenty-eight medical staff members who were present during this awe-inspiring delivery. After birth, all six babies were carefully placed into incubators to ensure their well-being. Despite the challenges posed by such multiple births, three of the Thorns sextuplets named July, Susan & Roger defied all odds and went on to lead healthy lives. This image not only celebrates this incredible medical achievement but also highlights advancements in fertility treatment and IVF techniques during the 1960s. It serves as a testament to human resilience and determination when faced with exceptional circumstances. Preserved by Memory Lane Prints from the Birmingham Post and Mail Archive, this print immortalizes a significant moment that will forever be etched in both medical history and our collective memory.

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