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World's Second Set of Octuplets Born

World's Second Set of Octuplets Born

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AP

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.

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.”

© YellowBrix 2009


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    lizmags

    almost 6 years ago

    42 comments

    If we only knew then what we know now.

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    Emmatol

    about 5 years ago

    186 comments

    miracle ceases not

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    rhyzzynne

    about 5 years ago

    20 comments

    it's a miracle!

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    princesskhym

    about 5 years ago

    516 comments

    wow.. i would never give birth again if i was in her place ^^ but really its a blessing~! how amazing it is to have 8 babies at once. it's a miracle.

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    Jeannie

    about 5 years ago

    140 comments

    It gives new meaning to the idea...'it takes a village!' This is a real parenting profession. I support her right to have them, but think she would have shown more responsibility by adoption. Eight lawyers would have done it on a contingency basis.

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    julialeo

    about 5 years ago

    6 comments

    It is a dream and a bleesing!! on the other hand..wuaaaaaaaaaa scare me, too much responsabilitie..! everything will change...!!

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    Account Removed

    about 5 years ago

    Prozac, Hell.l She will need a bottle of wine and a joint.

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    bookishfilly

    about 5 years ago

    58 comments

    HOLY MOLY! That poor woman is going to be bald the first week she brings those babies home. Not to mention no sleep for the next several years. I hope she has lots of family. Just the cost of that many babies in these times is astronomical. She certainly needs prayers. It's great that the babies are doing well though.

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    angienwgeorgia

    about 5 years ago

    252 comments

    Too many kids for 1 woman............geez, she'll need prozac!

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    smschaflePHN

    about 5 years ago

    38 comments

    That's a lot of laundry! I think I'll join Chukwu and pray for them, too. God never gives us more then we can handle. Humm....?.... I've noticed that this Treasury of Tots was not given to me.

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    aggiegirl1989

    about 5 years ago

    154 comments

    lol emt there is NO WAY she could breast feed, omg i am laughing thinking about that visual...hehehe

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    emtpixie

    about 5 years ago

    328 comments

    Right Sewnew, as well as stock in several food companies and I don't want to even think about college! Yikes!!! Can you imagine breastfeeding 8 babies?! I'm not an expert on it by any means. Is that even possible? I think we need Shan to weigh in here! Hopefully the whole family will grow well together and flourish.

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    sewnew

    about 5 years ago

    54 comments

    Maybe they should just buy a lifetime's supply of diapers now...

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