World's Second Set of Octuplets Born
January 26, 2009
BELLFLOWER, Calif. – A woman gave birth to eight babies in Southern California on Monday, the world’s second live-born set of octuplets.
The mother, who was not identified, gave birth to six boys and two girls weighing between 1.8 pounds and 3.4 pounds, doctors at Kaiser Permanante hospital told KCAL9.
“It’s a surprise,” Dr. Karen Maples said. “Eight newborns are in stable condition and they’re doing quite well.”
Kaiser spokeswoman Myra Suarez said she could not release any information about the mother, including her condition or whether she used fertility drugs. Such drugs make multiple births more likely.
“They are all doing the best they can,” Suarez told the AP.
Doctors estimated the delivery of the babies lasted five minutes.
“They were all screaming and kicking around very vigorously,” Dr. Harold Henry told the TV station.
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The first live-born octuplets were born in Houston in 1998, and one baby died about a week later. The surviving siblings — girls Ebuka, Gorom, Chidi, Chima and Echerem, and their brothers Ikem and Jioke — celebrated their 10th birthday in December.
Their parents, Nkem Chukwu and Iyke Louis Udobi, said they are astonished and grateful that their children have grown up to be healthy and active kids who are now in the fourth grade.
Chukwu said the new parents have much to look forward to.
“Just enjoy it. It’s a blessing, truly a blessing,” Chukwu said. “We’ll keep praying for them.”
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