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Octuplets 'doing amazingly well'

January 27, 2009 | 12:13 pm


Doctors who delivered octuplets to a Southern California woman said the eight babies are doing fine and the mother is resting comfortably in stable condition.

"The babies had a very good night," said Dr. Mandhir Gupta, a neonatologist at Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center who helped deliver the babies Monday night. He added that their vital signs remain stable and that the two babies on breathing tubes were taken off them this morning. Those two babies and a third are being given oxygen through their noses, he said.

"They're doing amazingly well," he said of the eight, noting they began feeding today and are kicking their legs.

The two girls and six boys are in incubators; their mother hasn't been with them since their birth, but she has seen pictures of them, doctors said. Tonight, she will be able to touch them for the first time, doctors said.

The hospital is not releasing any information about the mother, who is likely to be discharged in a week.

"We're very fortunate that the patient was extremely strong," said Dr. Karen Maples, chief of service, obstetrics and gynecology. 

Doctors said the mother knew at 23 weeks that she was going to have seven babies. Neither she nor her doctors knew she was carrying eight babies until she delivered Monday night.

"We were very fortunate to get to 30 1/2 weeks, said Dr. Harold Henry, the hospital's director of maternal and fetal medicine.

-- Jeff Gottlieb

Earlier coverage, video of the births.

Photo: The medical team that helped deliver the octuplets meets the press today at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Bellflower. The team members are, from left: Mandhir Gupta, Karen Maples, Harold Henry, Alejandro Velazquez and Jalil Riazi. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times