'Truly, truly amazing delivery'

Six boys and two girls were born to a mother at the Kaiser Permanente hospital in Bellflower — only the second live octuplets on record in the U.S. The babies, born nine weeks prematurely, are in stable condition in incubators; two are on respirators. The mother, who was not identified, is said to be doing well. Doctors said they had plenty of time to prepare for the c-section births and that 46 personnel were involved. When the time came to go in, doctors delivered all the babies in five minutes. They expected seven babies but were prepared for number eight.

"Today we had an unprecedented, very exciting day in our operating room and labor delivery where our team of 46 physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists as well as surgical techs delivered eight babies, all live born," Dr. Karen Maples said at the Kaiser Permanente hospital. "It was a truly, truly amazing delivery."


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