BELLFLOWER, Calif. (AP) - A mother gave birth to eight babies
Monday, the world's second live-born set of octuplets.
The mother, who has not been identified, gave birth to six girls
and two boys 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."
Doctors estimated the woman's labor lasted only five minutes.
"They were all screaming and kicking around very vigorously,"
Dr. Harold Henry told KCAL9.
The first live-born octuplets were born in Houston in December
1998. They were three months premature and their weights at birth
ranged from 11 ounces to 1 pound, 11 ounces.
The tiniest infant died of heart and lung failure a week after
being born. The surviving siblings - girls Ebuka, Gorom, Chidi,
Chima and Echerem, and their brothers Ikem and Jioke - turned 10 in
Their mother and father, 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.
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