The second set of US octuplets to survive delivery were born early this week.
Wired PR News.com – A California mother has given birth to octuplets, making her the second in the United States to deliver eight babies at once who all survived delivery. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the six boys and two girls were delivered premature by nine weeks, but are stated to be doing well.
Dr. Karen E. Maples of Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center, who participated in the delivery, is quoted in the AP report as stating, “We were fortunate that this patient was extremely strong, very courageous and able to handle these births.”
The name of the Southern California mother is currently being kept confidential at her request. However, another member of the team who delivered the octuplets, Dr. Mandhir Gupta, is quoted as commenting on the status of the babies, “They are doing amazingly well at this time… I won’t be able to comment on chances of survival because we’ve never had eight babies born at 30 weeks before.”