California Octuplets Doing ‘Very Well’

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Bellflower, Calif (AP) Doctors say octuplets born in a southern California hospital are breathing on their own and doing “very well.”

Neonatologist Mandhir Gupta tells ABC two of the eight babies delivered yesterday were initially put on ventilators, but have since had the tubes removed.

Three of the babies are getting oxygen, but Gupta says they are breathing on their own.

Doctors are also encouraged that they were able to take the smallest of the infants—a boy weighing just 1 pound, 8 ounces—off his ventilator. Gupta this morning describes him as “very feisty.”

The six boys and two girls will probably stay in the hospital for at least two months.

Their mother should be released in a week.

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