Having a baby is a pretty common thing, but having seven at once is extremely rare. What’s even more rare, is for all of those children to survive the journey of birth. In 1985 a set of septuplets was born, but only three of them survived. Thankfully, this wasn’t the fate of the McCaughey family, but those were the odds Bobbi McCaughey was facing at the time. Twenty years ago, she gave birth to those seven miracle babies. Let’s take a look at their journey and find out where they are today.
Beating the Odds
Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey lived a simple life in Des Moines, Iowa. They dreamed of adding children to their little family one day. Sadly, Bobbi had health issues from the time that she was born. She had a malfunctioning pituitary gland that caused her hormones to be extremely weak. Fortunately, she finally got pregnant after a lot of planning. Like any hopeful parent, this was supposed to be everything they had ever wanted.
The Very First Child
Bobbi became pregnant with her first child Mikayla Marie, who was born on January 3, 1996. Finally, after years of hoping for a child, they finally had someone to take care of at home. Bobbi still wanted more children to add to their family. So, she decided to have treatments done to help have more kids. One day, after a hospital visit, they received some incredible news that would change their lives in a huge way.
Seven Is A Lucky Number
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Bobbi had received a medication that raised her hormones to their natural levels, called Metrodin. Months after she received the injection, Bobbi became pregnant, but with multiple children. Bobbi and her husband assumed that this was going to happen, but they panicked a little when they found out how many embryos the doctors found. Bobbi was pregnant with seven children! One option could’ve changed the outcome of Bobbi’s pregnancy.
Let Nature Run Its Course
The information was a bit hard for Bobbi to swallow, so she was offered an alternative. She was told about the option of selective reduction. Doctors would perform the procedure that would reduce the number of fetuses she carried, which meant taking away several lives. Bobbi chose to not do the procedure, and wanted nature to do its thing. She thought that if all seven fetuses could make it, she didn’t want to take that away. The journey she would embark would be a tough one.
Seven New Lives
Bobbi gave birth to seven children on November 19, 1997, thanks to the help of doctors, Karen Drake and Paula Mahone. Due to the fact that the babies were born seven weeks prematurely, some were born with health problems. Two of them were born with cerebral palsy, which affects their physical health in a drastic way. The McCaughey septuplets became the first set of septuplets to survive childbirth. Everyone seemed to be talking about them, but some people were not happy.