Woman, 25, Gives Birth to Seven Babies Naturally: Reports

Woman, 25, Gives Birth to Seven Babies Naturally: Reports
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Jack Phillips

A 25-year-old Iraqi woman gave birth naturally to six girls and a boy at the same time, and all the children are reportedly healthy.

According to the Daily Mail, the unnamed woman gave birth in the Diyali Province of eastern Iraq, which is the first septuplet case in the Middle Eastern country.

The local health department issued a statement about the birth, saying the mother and seven infants are perfectly healthy.

The father, Youssef Fadl, said he and his wife weren’t planning to expand their family, and now they have 10 children, the Mail reported.

Photos posted online show the small babies next to one another in the hospital.

Other photos show the newborns lying together after birth.

Last year, a Lebanese woman gave birth to sextuplets, including three girls and three boys. They all survived, the Mirror noted.

More Cases

Meanwhile, in 1997, septuplets were born in Iowa to Kenny and Bobbi McCaughey. They were the world’s first surviving septuplets.
“It will definitely be different and weird, but I feel that it will be good for us to get out of our comfort zone and meet new people,” Kelsey, one of the siblings said after graduating high school several years ago, NBC News reported.

“I honestly think it will be good for all of us to be on our separate ways,” Kenny, another sibling, said at the time.

“I am not worried about not seeing everyone that much. We have been around each other the past 18 years. I am ready to be on my way, and I think everyone else is, too.”

Brandon, another one, said at the time he's going to the U.S. Army.

“It will be a little different being without all my siblings,” he told the news outlet. “But it won’t be bad since I’ll have contact with them. I think I will have a good experience being on my own, with my new military family. I have been taught to work for the things I want, and to not expect others to do anything for me. That helps with military life because I will need to do everything on my own, with no help at all from others.”

The New York Times reported in 1997 that mother Bobbi ingested a fertility drug after she and her husband had problems in conceiving children.
“The pregnancy has captured worldwide attention as both a symbol of the ultimate scientific miracle and a cautionary example of the unwanted consequences of fertility treatments,” the Times reported at the time.

First Septuplets in the US

In 1985, the first septuplets were born in the United States, but several of the children died after childbirth.

Last year, the mother, 63-year-old Patricia Frustaci, died.

“With our religious background and all we had gone through to have kids, that just wasn’t an option,” Frustaci told The New York Times in 1985.

Frustaci’s children were born 12 weeks premature and had a number of complications, and one girl was stillborn. Three of the other children died after birth.

“There is not a day that goes by that we don’t talk about them,” Frustaci, speaking of her lost children, according to Fox News. “There is not a day that goes by that I don’t look at their pictures.”
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter with 15 years experience who started as a local New York City reporter. Having joined The Epoch Times' news team in 2009, Jack was born and raised near Modesto in California's Central Valley. Follow him on X: https://twitter.com/jackphillips5
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