Mom Delivers 8 Babies

Octuplets born in LA area hospital
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2009 5:03 AM CST
Members of the only other family of octuplets to survive, at age 10. From left, Ebuka, Echerem, Jioke, Chima, Gorom, Chidi, Ikem and Favor Chukwu.   (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Eric Kayne)
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(Newser) – A woman using fertility drugs has given birth to octuplets in a Los Angeles area hospital, reports the Los Angeles Times. It's only the second time in US history that eight babies have survived a multiple delivery. Doctors only expected seven babies and were surprised by the eighth. “My eyes got to be the size of saucers,” said one of the delivery doctors of the unexpected addition. “We just went on. It was exciting."

A staff of 46 took part in the C-section delivery of six boys and two girls, all of whom are in stable condition. Doctors prepared for the delivery weeks in advance. Born nine weeks prematurely, the infants range in weight from nearly two pounds to just over three pounds. “It was a truly, truly amazing delivery,” said one of the delivery team leaders.