Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

World’s First Surviving Septuplets – Look At Them 20 Years Later.

Support System

Support System

Bobbi and Kenny weren’t sure how they were going to raise eight kids. Fortunately, people and organizations offered to help once the media heard of Bobbi’s rare pregnancy and talked about it. The couple got plenty of donations, like a van so they could fit the whole family in it. They even got a year’s supply of food. Better yet, their babies weren’t even born yet and were already famous. Then, they decided to make an early appearance.

Earlier Than Expected

Earlier Than Expected

The babies were born on November 19, 1997, which was nine weeks before their expected due date. Since the pregnancy was so risky, doctors performed a c-section on Bobbi. Fortunately, each baby was born six minutes apart. And since they were all alive and well, the septuplets made history. But they had to remain in the neonatal unit for three months because they were born premature. And Bobbi and Kenny had more surprises in store for them after the babies were discharged.

Making Headlines

Making Headlines

Good Housekeeping

Reporters throughout Iowa had camped outside the hospital to get a scoop on the first successful septuplets to be born. The media frenzy was so intense that they couple needed the cops to escort them home. An officer stood guard outside to make sure everyone respected their privacy too. Meanwhile, the donations continued. Kraft gave them a year’s supply of Mac n’ Cheese. Another company gave them diapers. But one donation really blew them away.

A House For A Big Family

A House For A Big Family

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The McCaugheys received a 5,000-square-foot house complete with seven bedrooms and five bathrooms courtesy of the Iowa Chamber of Commerce. Besides a new house, the family had rocketed to stardom. They were featured on ABC Primetime News and TIME magazine put them on one of their covers. And as the septuplets got older, everyone put a spotlight on them every time they had a birthday, until they were old enough to leave home. But did they regret anything?

Far From Perfect

Far From Perfect

Rachel Mummey/Des Moines Register

The septuplets turned 18 in 2016, and they were now ready to move out and start college. But some of the kids didn’t have an easy life. Alexis and Nathan had cerebral palsy, which made it difficult to walk, and it also affected their coordination, and how they moved. In 2005, Nathan underwent spinal surgery so he could walk without any help. But Alexis still needed a walker because her condition was far more severe than Nathan’s. This brought up a difficult question.

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