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Friday, September 10, 1999 Published at 11:40 GMT 12:40 UK

World: Europe

Doctors save ectopic baby

In a medical first, a mother has given birth in London to triplets, one of whom developed outside her womb.

The baby boy, Ronan Ingram, grew in the abdominal cavity, attached to the outer wall of the uterus with his own blood supply, while his two sisters developed normally.

But, because Ronan's position made both a normal birth and a standard Caesarian impossible, doctors had to deliver the babies in a complicated operation after only 29 weeks of pregnancy.

The consultant in charge said that, because of the risk of bleeding that could have killed all three babies and the mother, Jane Ingram, a team of 26 staff were on stand-by for the birth. It's the first time that both a mother and an ectopic baby have survived a multiple birth.

She and all three babies are said to be doing well in hospital.

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