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California woman gives birth to octuplets

By Chris V. Thangham     Jan 27, 2009 in Health
A mother gave birth to eight babies, surprising doctors who expected only seven babies. She became the second person in the U.S. to deliver octuplets.
The mother, who chose to keep her name in private, gave birth to six boys and two girls who were nine weeks premature and delivered by Cesarean section within five minutes in a Los Angeles hospital in California.
The babies weighed in at between 1lb 8 ounces (820g) and 3lb 4oz (1.47kg). Both the babies and the mother are doing well.
The doctors were preparing to deliver seven babies but were surprised to see the eighth baby coming out, according to Dr. Karen Maples, one of the doctors who delivered the babies.
The babies will be in incubators for at least six more weeks. The mother is planning to breast feed them all, according to hospital officials.
Dr. Mandhir Gupta told BBC that the mother is very excited about her eight babies.
The doctors didn’t say whether the mother used fertility drugs.
Nkem Chukwu was the first mother to have octuplets in Houston, Texas in 1998 but one of the babies died about a week later. The other seven are doing well and they celebrated their 10th birthday in December.
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