updated 6/9/2006 8:07:42 PM ET 2006-06-10T00:07:42

A 26-year-old Indian woman has given birth to rare identical quadruplets and the girls are healthy after their first six weeks of life, an Indian news agency reported Friday.

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Shruthi Vivekanandan, a software programmer from the southern city of Madras, delivered Aditi, Aakriti, Akshathi and Aapthi on April 25, Press Trust of India said.

The babies were born 10 weeks early and weighed between 1.8 pounds and 2.2 pounds, said Dr. Meena Thiagarajan at Apollo Hospital, where the girls were born.

Despite their premature birth, the babies are healthy and swiftly gaining weight, doctors said.

Doctors have said there are fewer than 100 identical quadruplets in the world.

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