Born into the spotlight 17 years ago by Mr. and Mrs. McCaughey, the Septuplets are ready to go their separate ways to pursue their dreams and career, after graduating, all at once, from high school.
For believers, it was a most amazing miracle since they were born nine weeks premature in November 1997 weighing between two and four pounds, with doctors fearing they would not survive. Their birth fueled a lot of national debate about fertility treatment — and inspired awe.
Report from The New York Time in 1997 said their mother Bobbi McCaughey took a fertility drug after she and her husband had difficulty conceiving their first child. It was disclosed that Bobbi had a malfunctioning pituitary gland and could not produce enough of the hormones to stimulate ovulation.
”God gave us those kids, and he wants us to raise them.”
|The Septuplets with Ex- American President George Bush|
The septuplets were delivered by 40 doctors within 6 minutes through C. section and the doctors were amazed at how well-grown and developed they were, making it the first time all seven babies survives. Although two of the siblings Alexis and Nathaniel suffered from cerebral palsy, they still lived normally.
Their birth brought in tonnes of donations, orchestrated by (then) Governor of Iowa Terry Branstad, including a new house big enough for them, a car and a lifetime supply of Pampers diapers and many other items. They also met with (then) U.S President, George Bush who congratulated the McCaughey couple.
And now, 17 years later, those children; Alexis May, Brandon James, Joel Steven, Kelsey Ann, Kenny Robert, Natalie Sue and Nathanial Roy – have graduated from Carlisle High School in Iowa, U.S on Sunday May 22.
‘My fear has always been that they see our jobs and think that’s all they need for nice stuff,’ he told the newspaper. ‘I’ve given them the cold, hard truth slowly. No way could I afford this home on my salary. If you want something, you have to work for it.’
Their mother Bobby also expressed her emotions and gratitude about how far their family have come together through those years. She told TODAY:
“The [years] have flown by. There’s been so many things that have happened.”