February 29, 2024

IN BRIEF: sextuplets; assisted suicide; coma

Foetal reduction: A Florida woman on fertility treatment is pregnant with sextuplets. Karoline Byler and her husband Ben were shocked. But when doctors suggested foetal reduction – killing two foetuses to give the others a better chance of survival – they refused. “People have done this before,” she says. “It’s rare, but it obviously can be done.” The first surviving set of sextuplets was born in Indiana in 1993.