Doctor Says Eighth Baby Was a Surprise

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Bellflower, Calif (AP) The medical team was expecting a woman to give birth to seven babies—but was surprised to find one more. One doctor says her eyes “were wide” when she saw number eight.

The octuplets—six boys and two girls—were born at a Hospital near Los Angeles Monday morning. They’re nine weeks premature. Most are breathing on their own.

Another doctor says the first baby came out crying and kicking.

It’s only the second time in history all eight have survived for more than a few hours.

The only thing hospital officials will say about the mother is that she plans to breast feed her children.

She figures to be out of the hospital in about a week but the babies will probably remain there for at least two months.

Forty-six hospital staff and four delivery rooms were used.

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