Ghazala Khamis was still hospitalized after giving birth a day earlier to four boys and three girls. She said she is “very anxious to see them” and to breast-feed at least some of them.
“I saw them on TV. They are very cute,” she told The Associated Press from her hospital bed in the Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria.
“I am just waiting to hold them in my arms and breast-feed them,” she said in a weak voice. “I don’t know if I can do it to all, but I will try.”
Her husband and other relatives are brainstorming names, said Khamis, who took fertility drugs to conceive in an effort to produce a son. She is already the mother of three girls, ages 7 to 11.
The babies’ father is a farm worker who earns about $4 a day when he is employed, which is usually only a day or two each week, said Khamis’ brother, whose name is Khamis Khamis.
He said Egypt’s health minister had promised to give the babies free milk and diapers for two years, but the family was still worried about the long-term financial burden of feeding and taking care of 10 children.
“What they need most is a dwelling to live in. I hope the government will give them an apartment,” Khamis said.