- The McCaugheys became the world’s first surviving septuplets in 1997
- They were instantly famous
- Look at them now, almost twenty years later!
When Bobbi McCaughey gave birth to the world’s first surviving septuplets back in 1997, the event became one of the most famous moments of the decade. The quiet 29-year old Iowa seamstress had made history.
Bobbi underwent a Caesarean section, performed by more than 40 specialists. Four boys and three girls were born two months premature. From then on, Kenny, Kelsey, Natalie, Brandon, Alexis, Nathan and Joel were dubbed the “Seven From Heaven.”
The story of these septuplets was short of miraculous. Never before, a woman had managed to give birth to so many babies, without serious complications.
In 1985, Patricia Frustaci of California also had septuplets, but one of them was stillborn, three others died within three weeks, and the three surviving children had serious medical and developmental problems. This fueled debates about fertility treatments.
Bobbi McCaughey took the fertility drug Pergonal. When she conceived seven fetuses, doctors offered the couple to abort some, which would imply lesser risks for the rest of them.
These risks could include cerebral palsy, brain damage, blindness, mental retardation or motor problems. But McCaugheys’ religious beliefs made them decide to forgo any abortions.
The McCaughey family confronted serious practical and child-raising problems from then on. Many people, companies and charity foundations helped them.
Procter & Gamble donated all the diapers they would ever need during the siblings’ lifetime. The family managed to receive a bigger house, and the kids got free meals at their school.
The McCaugheys had another daughter, Mikayla, who is a year older than her siblings. She helped around a lot.
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The family tried to keep the children away from the spotlight. Look at them now, almost twenty years later!
The McCaughey septuplets have graduated from high school, and are now in college. For their parents, it is a bittersweet time. After so many diaper changes, food servings and hectic home life, they are now on their own!