Kenny and Bobbi McCaughey from Des Moines, Iowa, always wanted to have a large family. Although the couple had already welcomed their first daughter Mikayla Marie in 1996, they wanted more children. Not being able to conceive naturally, Bobbi got IVF. Soon she became pregnant with seven babies. The woman made the decision not to undergo selective reduction, arguing that God will help both her and her children.
In 1997 Bobbi welcomed all seven babies, four boys and three girls. It was a real miracle because they were the world's first surviving septulets. All the babies were born weighing between 2 lb 15 oz and 3 lb 4 oz. Unfortunately, two of them were diagnosed with cerebral palsy, but soon after several surgeries kids were able to walk.
The story of this family has received a lot of media attention, they even were featured in Time magazine in December 1997. With such a large family the McCaugheys were going through financial difficulties.
Fortunately, thanks to the publicity of this story, people around them didn't remain indifferent. Everyone started helping the McCaugheys. Besides receiving donations from all over the US, the family was showered with diapers, clothes, and toys. Even President Bill Clinton phoned the McCaugheys to wish them his congratulations.
Soon this large family was given a 5500 square feet house, and they were provided with free food. Many colleges were already waiting for the children offering full scholarships after their graduation from high school.
Now it has been 24 years since the septulets saw this world for the first time. But how do they look now?
This is Natalie who works as a school teacher. She took up scholarship offered by private Hannibal-LaGrange University in Hannibal, Missouri.
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Brandon enlisted in the United States Army.
Kelsey was born weighing only 2 lb 5 oz. The girl sings very well and dreams of becoming a famous singer.
Kenny has become a constructor after graduating from Des Moines Community College.
Alexis was born with cerebral palsy. The girl also graduated from Des Moines Area Community College. Alexis is a real fighter. Despite walking with a special device, she was the second captain of the cheerleading team in high school.
Nathan was also born with cerebral palsy. He is a computer scientist.
Joel, the youngest of the siblings, is a computer engineer.
Bobbi admits that after her children moved out, she does not know what to do, she is so lonely. After all, she is used to a house full of kids' laughter and fun, and she was always busy.
The McCaugheys are very proud of her children. Their kids have grown up to be good people. Now Bobbi looks after her grandson, the firstborn of her eldest daughter Mikayla.
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