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TRAGEDY: After 18-years wait for children, woman delivers twin and dies

A couple  who felt on top of the world last week when they got their first children, a pair of twins, were dealt a heart-wrenching blow on Monday when the wife collapsed and died in hospital.

The parents, identified as Shishupalan and Sheeba, 42  in the in Kerala’s Kottayam district in India, had waited 18 years for a child and had undergone various treatments for infertility. Their joy knew no bounds when Sheeba delivered twin girls at a private hospital in Thellakam on February 1.

When the babies were delivered through a medical procedure, one of them was found to be underweight and shifted to an incubator. Sheeba had been breast-feeding the other child and was set to leave the hospital on Tuesday, when the tragedy struck on Monday.

Sheeba reportedly felt dizzy, apparently caused by low blood pressure, and was quickly provided ventilator support. However, doctors could not save her.

The children remain in the hospital, even as Sheeba’s body was taken out for funeral on Tuesday.

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