A British woman pregnant with octuplets lost three of the fetuses on Monday, weeks after doctors warned her against trying to carry them all to term.
Her story has been tabloid fodder for months.
Mandy Allwood, 32, was in satisfactory condition at King’s College Hospital. But the remaining five fetuses were still in danger.
“Sadly, she has lost three babies, and the situation for the others is bleak,” Donald Gibb, a consulting obstetrician, said in a statement.
Allwood sold exclusive British rights to her story to the tabloid News of the World and hired a publicist to seek further financial deals. While details of the arrangement were not released, the newspaper has indicated that the more babies she bears, the more money she will receive.
Allwood rejected doctors’ advice to abort some of the fetuses, which were conceived while she was on fertility treatment.
British tabloids followed the pregnancy in graphic detail.
News of the World published sonogram images of all eight fetuses on the front page.