First Surviving Septuplets Were Born In 1997, Here’s What They Look Like Today
Sep 14th, 2020
In 1997, Bobbi McCaughey, a 29-year-old from Carlile, Iowa gave birth through a cesarean section. But take note that this is not your ordinary birthing story. She was assisted by more than 40 specialists after she gave birth to septuplets!
After their firstborn, Mikayla, Bobbi had taken Pergonal, one of the most popular fertility drugs to help her conceive another child. This is the first time in history that a woman gave birth to this many surviving babies. In just less than 10 minutes, these four boys – Kenneth, Nathan, Brandon, and Joel, and three girls – Alexis, Natalie, and Kelsey, were born. The smallest of them all is 2.
5 pounds and the biggest was 3. 4 pounds.
If you ask any expert, they would agree that it was a miracle that these children were born alive. Not only because there’s seven of them, but also because they were born two months premature.
According to the doctors, the more fetuses a woman carries at once, the riskier it would be not only for the mother but most especially for the babies. There are instances that the babies of multiple pregnancies are not healthy which can cause them to be born prematurely, with cerebral palsy, brain damage, blindness, mental retardation, and other developmental problems that are associated with speech and motor skills.
Bobbi’s healthy delivery definitely surprised the doctors. And everyone was so happy to welcome the new Septuplets into this world. When the news of the birth of these babies reached the news, the parents received mixed reactions. Some people were happy but others criticized the parents.
During an interview, Bobbi said, “In the beginning, for every ten letters we would get that were happy for us, we’d get one letter accusing us of exploiting the kids and being selfish to waste the world’s resources on a family this big. Our neighbors never gawked. Here in Carlisle they gave us privacy. But we had complete strangers come around to the back door, knock, and ask if they could hold a baby.”
Also, Bobbi’s pregnancy caused many ethical issues to arise in the medical world. Regardless, the septuplets made their way to the news and gained nationwide support. But how did she have seven babies? Some families are even struggling with one child. Could they afford this many children?
Well of course, a lot of people helped the family. They received plenty of gifts and monetary assistance. Also, they got a 5,500-square foot house, a family-sized van, clothes, and also enough diapers for two years. Other than that, people also offered nanny services and free future scholarships for college!
The President personally gave the family a call to congratulate them. They even met President Bush when they were in kindergarten. They were also featured in Time Magazine. And this is when they received free college education from different universities when they were seniors in highschool. The family has also been given many opportunities and the parents feel that they are so blessed.
Even though there are so many in the family, the seven siblings love each other and the family stayed very close all throughout the years. They tried to get out of the media spotlight, but it was too difficult since people wanted to be updated on their progress.