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article imageOne-month-old octuplets doing well

By Sandy Sand     Feb 27, 2009 in Health
In a story that went from “oooos and aaaaahs” to excoriation of the California woman who gave birth to six boys and two girls, the good news is that the Super8 are doing well.
Yesterday was one month to the day that Nadya Suleman gave birth to an eight-pack of babies, which has been under a cloud of recriminations and negative public opinion over the ethics of the fertility doctor, Dr. Michael Kamrava, for implanting her with so many eggs, family fights, pleas for public assistance and offers for the supermom to star in porn films.
Suleman, 33, a single woman already had six children ranging in age from two to seven when she gave birth to the octuplets, and has been threatened by Kaiser Permanente that until she proves she can care for so many babies, they won’t release them from the hospital.
Dr. Mandhir Gupta, a neonatist at Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center, said the super eight are alert, responsive and doing well.
"We are slowly introducing them to nipple or bottle feeding a few times a day, and they're getting better and better at coordinating sucking, swallowing and breathing," Gupta said.
At birth, the babies’ weights ranged between 1-pound, 8-ounces to 3-pounds, 4-ounces.
The birth of octuples is astronomically rare. The first known set was born in Mexico City in 1967. None survived.
The only other known set was born in 1998 in Houston Texas, where seven of the eight survived.
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