A mother is in good health after having seven babies in a single natural birth, with all the children reportedly doing well.
The 25-year-old new mother of six gave birth at a hospital in the Diyali Province of eastern Iraq in what is believed to be the first septuplet case in the Middle-Eastern country.
A spokesman for the local health department released a statement saying the mother, along with her six girls and one son, are perfectly healthy.
The children’s father Youssef Fadl said he and his wife had not planned to expand their family and now have ten youngsters to look after.
These children’s father Youssef Fadl said he and his wife had not been considering having more children and they now have ten youngsters to look after.
The world’s first set of surviving septuplets were born to Kenny and Bobbi McCaughey in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1997.
The couple famously declined selective reduction after learning they were pregnant with seven children following fertility treatment, saying it was ‘in God’s hands’.
Learning they had septuplets on the way sparked international headlines that would chart the children’s every move.
After the McCaughey babies were born nine weeks prematurely, joining their big sister, Mikayla Marie, news crews swarmed their modest one-floor home.
Amid the media frenzy, President Bill Clinton personally called the family to congratulate the family, while Oprah welcomed them on her show and companies scrambled to help the couple.
Among the donations, they received a 5,500 square foot home, a van, a year’s worth of Kraft’s macaroni and cheese, nappies for the first two years and full college scholarships for any state university in Iowa.
During the early months, the septuplets drank 42 bottles a day and went through 52 diapers.