Doctors: Octuplets Doing Well Despite Risks

Ad Feedback  - Doctors for the octuplets say the babies are doing well despite being born nine weeks early and at low birth weight.

They're not out of the woods yet, but have already avoided some of the risks associated with multiple births, like breathing problems, infections, cerebral palsy, birth defects, sensory disorders, even death.

The mother of the octuplets chooses to remain anonymous, and hasn't said publicly how the babies were conceived. But doctors says it's almost certain she underwent fertility treatment. But considering the risk, questions are being raised about how and why these multiple births occurred.

Doctors specializing in reproductive medicine aim for just one baby at a time.

"From the fertility standpoint this is a very, very serious medical complication of fertility care and we do our best actually to avoid it as much as possible," said Dr. Richard Paulson, USC Keck School of Medicine.

In addition to the high risk factor for multiple births, consider the high cost: the delivery and weeks in intensive care will likely will climb into the hundreds thousands of dollars.

Not to mention the cost of raising the kids, about $80,000 dollars a year.

Nkem Chukwu gave birth to the only other set of octuplets a decade ago, although one died within a week.

She offers this advice, "Get help. They need help. They need support."

It will be an uphill climb both physically and financially.

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