Octuplet Babies Doing 'Amazingly Well'

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2009 6:34 PM CST
This image, provided by Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center, shows the nursing staff posing for a photograph after delivering octuplets.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The mother who gave birth to eight babies is expected to be able to touch them tonight for the first time since delivery, the Los Angeles Times reports. The newborns are kicking and "doing amazingly well," said a doctor who helped in Monday's delivery. The six boys and two girls are all in incubators, but none of them need breathing tubes any more, and they all began feeding today. Mom is fine, too, and is expected to be discharged in a week.

"We're very fortunate that the patient was extremely strong," said another doctor.