In Italy, a second of eight children born to a Naples woman on Thursday (16 August) died the following day and the condition of the surviving infants was causing serious concern.
GV EXTERIOR: Hospital in Naples.
GV INTERIOR: Hallway in hospital and people waiting.
SV: Babies in cots in nursery, PAN TO tiny baby in incubator.
SV: Doctor checking baby in incubator.
CU: Mother Mrs. Pasqualina Anatrella Chinese
SV: Babies being cared for in incubators. (2 shots)
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Background: In Italy, a second of eight children born to a Naples woman on Thursday (16 August) died the following day and the condition of the surviving infants was causing serious concern. The baby who died on Friday, a girl, weighed only five hundred grammes (17-point-five ounces). Her sister who died on Thursday was the smallest of the octuplets, weighing 450 grammes (15 ounces). The largest number of babies to tb corn at one time and survive is six. They were born in South Africa in 1974.
SYNOPSIS: Doctor in Naples expected quadruplets, but the arrival --two months prematurely -- of eight babies resulted in a frantic search for intensive care equipment. But eventually the facilities were found in four of the city's hospitals.
On Friday (17 August) two of the six survivors were reported in a very bad condition with severe breathing problems.
The babies' mother, Mrs. Pasqualina Anatrella Chianese, is the twenty-nine year old wife of a Naples insurance clerk. In 1976, she gave birth to sextuplets, but all the babies died before or shortly after birth. There boys and three girls still survive the latest birth and are receiving intensive care over the next few critical days.