April 20, 1998 |
The world's first glimpse of Dr. Paula Mahone came last year on the afternoon of Nov. 19, just hours after she delivered seven babies in six minutes and helped make medical history. She sat at a table in an auditorium at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Hundreds of reporters demanded an answer: How did this happen? "I would have to consider it a miracle," Mahone told them. A miracle?
January 18, 1998 |
The first-born of the McCaughey septuplets, nicknamed "Hercules" because he held up his brothers and sisters in the womb, had surgery to fix blood vessels in his right eye. Kenneth Robert McCaughey, who was also the first of the septuplets to leave the hospital, had the surgery Jan. 11 at University Hospitals in Iowa City, said his grandfather, Robert Hepworth. The baby was released from the hospital the following day.
November 23, 1998 |
About 6,000 people--nearly double the town's population--toured a 6,400-square-foot house in Carlisle that will be home to the McCaughey septuplets, born last year on Nov. 19. After Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey became parents of the world's first living set of septuplets, scores of businesses and residents contributed materials, services, money and land to build them a new home. At the housewarming, a line of curiosity-seekers extended five blocks to tour the seven-bedroom, 4 1/2-bath house.
January 4, 1998 |
The first of the McCaughey septuplets was sent home, six weeks after the babies were born. Kenneth, weighing 5 pounds, 4 ounces, was released from the children's hospital at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. The other six McCaughey babies are in fair condition, said a hospital spokeswoman. Doctors have said they hope to send them home by the end of January. Three girls and four boys were born Nov. 19 to Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey of Carlisle. They are the world's only living set of septuplets.
November 25, 1997 |
The youngest of the McCaughey septuplets has been put back on a ventilator in what their doctor called a "very typical" precaution. Joel Steven was strong enough to breath on his own for a few hours Sunday but soon grew tired and was placed back on the ventilator that night. His condition, which had been upgraded to fair, returned to serious. "He's getting some needed rest and responding very well to that," said Dr. Robert Shaw of Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines.
April 26, 1999 |
Two of the 17-month-old McCaughey septuplets are growing so slowly that there's concern they may have cerebral palsy, their mother said. Although Nathan and Alexis are being monitored for the disorder, their pediatrician is not ready to make a diagnosis, Bobbi McCaughey said. "While there are some signs of something that could be long-term, they don't have to mean that," she said, according to Sunday's Des Moines Register. "They could just be muscle issues."