When a couple finds out that they are expecting twins, triplets, or even quadruplets, there is a lot of shock and uncertainty amid the elation. But what happens when you learn that you’ll soon be welcoming seven babies into the world? It might sound unimaginable, but that’s exactly what young marrieds Kenny and Bobbi McCaughey discovered.
Although they had only been trying to have one more baby to accompany their first-born daughter, they ended up with the surprise of a lifetime! Just how the McCaughey septuplets survived their precarious first few months of life is truly unforgettable. You won’t want to miss this amazing story of the world’s first surviving septuplets!
1. Unexpectedly Expecting
This young Iowa couple, Kenny and Bobbi McCaughey, were hoping to expand their family when they went to the doctor for a routine visit as part of a fertility treatment they had recently started. But in the middle of the ultrasound, the doctors discovered something extraordinary in Bobbi’s womb.
There was not just a single embryo on the screen, but SEVEN! While twins or other forms of multiple pregnancies are quite common following fertility treatments, having septuplets remains extremely rare. Given the circumstances, the couple faced a difficult decision that could spell out life or death for Bobbi and the babies.
2. The Shock
Amid the rush of so many emotions, Kenny McCaughey could hardly believe the news at first. “I said, ‘How many?’” he recalled later. “She goes, ‘Seven,’ and I go, ‘Arrrggghhh!’ Then I go, ‘No, no, no, no. Are you serious?’” They could not believe what was happening. Is it even possible to be ready to receive news like that?
Initially, the couple admitted that they had experienced “sheer terror” at the prospect of septuplets. It took a while for reality to sink in. Even then, neither one of them could have expected what pregnancy with seven babies would be like, and the decision they’d have to make.
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