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Octuplets' doctors tell more about case

January 29, 2009 |  6:49 pm

Kaiser Permanente's Bellflower Medical Center doctors from left, Dr. Mandhir Gupta, Neonatalogist, NICU, transport medical director, Dr. Karen E. Maples, Chief of Service, OBGYN and Dr. Harold M. Henry, Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine announced at a press conference that mother and the octuplets continue to do well. The doctors who delivered octuplets earlier this week at a Kaiser Permanente hospital in Bellflower said the mother was given the option of "selective abortion" of some fetuses but decided to go ahead with the pregnancy.

Dr. Harold Henry said the woman came to the hospital at the 12th week of pregnancy. Doctors counseled her regarding the options and risks, Henry said. "Our goal is to provide the best possible care, no matter what the situation or circumstances are," he said.

Dr. Karen Maples read a statement from the mother: "We understand that you are all curious about the arrival of the octuplets and we appreciate your respect for our family privacy," the statement read. "The eight was a surprise to us all but a blessing as well."

In the statement, the mother said the family would later reveal more details about the births. "We thank all of you for the positive thoughts, prayers and generosity," the statement read.

The doctors declined to provide any other information about the mother or the circumstances under which she became pregnant.

-- Sam Quinones and Jeff Gottlieb

Earlier: Questions over octuplets.

Photo: Kaiser Permanente's Bellflower Medical Center doctors from left, Dr. Mandhir Gupta, Neonatalogist, NICU, transport medical director, Dr. Karen E. Maples, Chief of Service, OBGYN and Dr. Harold M. Henry, Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine announced at a press conference that mother and the octuplets continue to do well. Credit: Branimir Kvartuc / AP Photo

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