Gosselin hits 28th week of pregnancy

April 28, 2004

Odds of sextuplets survival increases to 90 percent

Hershey, Pa. -- Kate Gosselin, expectant mother of sextuplets, hit her 28th week of pregnancy on April 28. With this milestone, odds of survival for the Gosselin sextuplets increase to 90 percent.

"The sextuplets continue to be stable," said Dr. John Joseph Botti, Gosselin's obstetrician and chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. "Katie is experiencing the typical discomforts of carrying high-order multiples, but there are no medical issues to report, at this time."

In addition, Rania Sweigart, a biology teacher with Hempfield High School in Landisville, Pa., is pregnant with quadruplets at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and is doing very well at 27 weeks. She and her husband Tim reside in Adamstown. The quadruplets will be the Sweigarts' first children. They are expecting three girls and one boy.

"We are continuing to closely monitor both sets of high-order multiples," said Botti.

Newborn services consults weekly with each mother and updates the families regarding expected issues and outcomes, as the pregnancies progress.

"As gestation advances beyond 28 weeks, the risks of severe handicaps and severe problems begin to steadily decline," said Dr. Dennis J. Mujsce, medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Penn State Children's Hospital.

(Media Contacts)

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