Photo Gabriela Tellez / La Nacion
Photo Gabriela Tellez / La Nacion

QCOSTARICA – Gabriel Gonzalez Villegas, the last of the sextuplets born on May 17, died Saturday night at the Hospital de la Mujer (Women’s Hospital) in the company of his parents Juan Francisco González and Silvia Villegas.

The sudden death was confirmed by the director of the Hospital Nacional de Niños (National Children’s Hospital), Olga Arguedas.

“Gabrielito was required palliative care; his medical condition was to unlikely have reversed,” said Arguedas. The doctor told reporters that Gabriel was taken to the hospital to undergo surgery. While at the hospital, Gabriel caught a cold and suddenly died.

Only one of the sextuplets remains alive,  Valentina, who on Augudst 10 left hospital, to go home with her parents.

The birth of the sixtuplets – four boys and two girls – made history as the first in the country. But the celebration turned into a national tragedy, one by one, the infants began dying.

Emma, Valentina, Tomás, Diego, Andrés and Gabriel were born within a span of six minutes, at 27 weeks and five days gestation. The infants weighed between 2.07 to 2.33 pounds at birth.

Villegas had previously given birth to a child who died. The couple then turned to artificial insemination for their second pregnancy, and she became pregnant with sextuplets.


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