Monday, August 15, 2011

Amazing Mothers: Most Children Delivered at a Single Birth to Survive

There are 3 known cases of 7 or septuplet children surviving.

The wife of a peasant from Russia named Feodor Vassilyev gave birth to 69 children: 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets, and 4 sets of quadruplets between 1725 and 1765 – the record for most children birthed by a single woman.  In a total of 27 births, 67 of the 69 children born are said to have survived infancy

1.) McCaughey Septuplets
Bobbi McCaughey of the United States delivered a set of septuplets, four boys and three girls on November 19, 1997 at the Blank Children's Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa, USA. Conceived by in vitro fertilization, the babies were delivered after 31 weeks, by caesarean in the space of 16 minutes. They weighed between 1,048 g - 1,474.3 g.

The name of the babies are; Brandon, Joel, Kelsey, Kenneth, Nathaniel, Alexis and Natalie.

2.) Humair Septuplets
A 40-year old mother in the name of Hasna Mohammed Humair of Saudi Arabia delivered a set of surviving septuplets on January 14, 1998. The babies, four boys and three girl,s were born eight weeks premature. The smallest of which weighed just below 907 g, were born at the Abha Obstetric Hospital, Aseer. Hasna already has 6 children prior to the unplanned pregnancy was the result of a fertility drug prescribed to regulate her menstrual cycle.

3.) Khamis Septuplets
The Khamis septuplets were on born August 16, 2008 in Alexandria, Egypt. Their mother is the 27-year-old Ghazala Khamis. They were the fifth set of septuplets to all survive. The newborns, four boys and three girls, had been placed in incubators in four different hospitals since they were premature. The babies' weights ranged from 1.45 to 2.8 kilograms. The mother took fertility drugs in order to produce a son, since she already had three daughters.

4.) Chukwu Septuplets
Another mother, Nikem Chukwu of the United States delivered a set of octuplets on December 20, 1998 at St. Luke Hospital in Houston, Texas, USA. The babies are composed of six girls and two boys. The eldest was born by natural birth on December 8, 1998 and was 15 weeks premature. The remaining seven were delivered by caesarean December. They were 13 weeks premature. The names of the babies were as follows: Chidi, Chima, Ebuka, Echerem, Gorom, Ikem, jioe and Odera. They weighed between 320 - 810 g with Odera, the lightest who suffered heart and lung failure died 7 days after delivery on December 27, 1998. The remaining seven babies were discharged from hospital between March 3 and April 26, 1999.  The Chukwu Septuplets are actually octuplets.

Other notable septuplets…

5.) Frustaci Septuplets
The Frustaci septuplets were born on May 21, 1985 in Orange, California, USA. They were the first septuplets to be born in the US and were born at 28 weeks. Only three of the seven survived, two boys and a girl, with one daughter being stillborn and three dying within 19 days of birth.

6.) McGhee Septuplets
The McGhee septuplets were born on June 9, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio, USA to Rozonno and Mia McGhee, 27 weeks into the pregnancy. One of the children, a girl, was stillborn. The other two girls named Olivia and Madison and the four boys - Rozonno Jr., Elijah, Isaac and Josiah weighed between 1.5 lb. to a fraction over 2 lbs.

7.) Qahtani Septuplets
The Qahtani septuplets were born July 12, 2001 in Washington D.C., USA and were the fourth set of septuplets to live past infancy. In December 2001, it was reported that one of the septuplets had died of liver failure and three were hospitalized.

8.) Touile Septuplets
The Touile Septuplets were born on April 18, 2007 in Algiers, the capital of Algeria. The babies’ parents are Farhat and Souhila Touile. One of the babies, a boy, was stillborn; the remaining six are girls

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