The McCaughey septulets where the first to survive both pregnancy and childbirth. Today, they are 19 years old, and have a lot of plans

Progress in medicine made multiple pregnancies usually end with the birth of healthy children nowadays, but even two or three decades ago, multiple births were very risky, and many infants from such pregnancies could not be saved.

In November 1997, the first septulets were born and managed to survive. The proud parents were Kenny and Bobbi McCaughey. They welcomed their four boys and three girls into the world. The children were called the “blue seven” by the media, and their birth was hailed as a miracle.


The McCaughey had one daughter, but wished for her to have a sibling. Due to health problems, they decided to make use of in vitro methods. After the procedure, it turned out that up to 7 embryos prevailed in the uterus. The couple was to choose the reduction of certain embryos or the fight for all of them. The couple was religious, so reducing the number of embryos was out of the question.

Successful carrying of the pregnancy of septulets was a big risk, but the parents wanted to fight for each and every one of them.

The septulets were born by Caesarean section at a hospital in Iowa in the United States. The newborn babies were baptized as Kenny, Kelsey, Natalie, Brandon, Alexis, Nathan and Joel. The smallest one weighed only 2.5 ounces (1.13 kg), and the largest – 3.3 ounces (1.5 kg).

Michael’s eldest daughter helps her mother to feed one of the brothers.

How do they look like today? See photos on the next page and find out about their plans for life.