Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Nurses Deliver Octuplets in California

A set of octuplets was delivered safely Monday by a team of nurses at a Bellflower, California hospital, CNN reported. Tuesday saw them in good health, and beginning to breathe without the aid of ventilators.

Six boys and two girls arrived during the 30th week of their mother's pregnancy, ranging in size from 1 pound, 8 ounces to 3 pounds, 4 ounces. Their mother has chosen to remain anonymous.

Initially, ultrasound scans only revealed seven fetuses. The eighth was discovered during Caesarean section, surprising both mother and attending nurses. With a letter assigned to each newborn, seven nurses were assigned to care for infants A through G -- so when newborn H arrived, nurse G took over, with the help of doctor F.

For now, the infants are staying in incubators, where they may remain for up to eight weeks after their birth.

This is the second instance of live octuplets being born in the US, the first being born in Houston, Texas in 1998.

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