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Eight babies on the way.

AN ITALIAN supermum is about to make history by giving birth to octuplets.

If all eight of Mariella Mazzara's babies survive past the first week, it will be a world first, and doctors are optimistic of their chances.

Last night, the mother was doing well at a Milan hospital.

The pregnancy was made possible through fertility treatment after Mariella and her husband had given up hope of having a baby naturally.

Doctors had wanted the couple to opt for elective abortion - aborting five of the eight giving the other three a better chance of survival, but Mariella refused.

Three weeks from now, doctors will perform a Caesarean in the 27th week of pregnancy - three months earlier than a natural birth.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 8, 2000
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