Three of the seven babies born to a Saudi woman six weeks ago are ready to go home, but their parents are refusing to take them, their doctor said Wednesday.
"They keep promising but they don't show up," said Hind Moussa, the pediatrician who signed the babies' discharge slips Saturday.The babies - only the third set of septuplets known to have been born alive - were born eight weeks premature to Hasna Mohammed Humair, a 40-year-old housewife, on Jan. 14.
Humair says the unplanned pregnancy occurred while she was taking a fertility drug to regulate her menstrual cycle, and that she is not yet prepared to care for the babies.
"I haven't bought their cribs, or clothes, or blankets, or even a heater for them," she said in a telephone interview from her home.
Humair, who shares a two-bedroom home with her husband and six other children, said she'd try to bring home the newborns later this week.
Moussa said two girls and one boy were in good health and growing well since they'd come out of incubators last week. The remaining girl and three other boys were still under supervision.
He spoke from the hospital in the southern Saudi Arabian city of Abha, where the septuplets were born.
Humair said her husband, Abdullah Mohammed Ali, traveled to the Saudi capital of Riyadh last week to seek help from Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal, after whom he'd named one of his sons. But he was unable to meet the prince.
Ali, 55, is a retired civil defense employee who supplements his $1,066 monthly pension by driving a cab. Saudi newspapers have reported he has two other wives and nine other children.
Islam allows men up to four wives at a time if they can support them.
Ali named his other newborn sons after Saudi King Fahd, Defense Minister Prince Sultan, and the governor of Riyadh, Prince Salman.