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Septuplets & Higher
I have recorded
19 sets of octuplets in the world as of June 2012. 5 of those sets have had
2012 - 8 survive - unknown (Pakistan,
June 2012) 8 girls - Reportedly all survive. Parents requested limited
info be released, so there isn't a lot of verification.
2009 - 8 survive -
Suleman (California, January
26 2009) 6 boys, 2 girls - Noah
(2lbs 11ozs), Maliyah
(2 lbs 12ozs), Isaiah
(3lbs 4ozs), Nariyah
(2lbs 8ozs), Jonah
(1lb 8ozs), Jeremiah (2lbs 12 ozs),
Makai (1lb 15ozs),
Josiah (2lbs 11ozs). They were born 9 weeks premature at 30.5
weeks. The mother has 6
other children, including fraternal twins Caleb &
Calyssa (October 1 2006). Early reports stated that there were two
sets of identical twins, as she had only 6 embryos implanted. Court cases
have since revealed she had 12 embryos implanted, and all the children are
1998 - 7 survive - Chukwu/Louis
(Texas, December 8 and 20 1998) Ebuka
1lb 6ozs, Chidi 1lb
8.4 ozs, Echerem
1lb 9.7ozs, Chima
1lb 7.5ozs, Odera
10.3ozs (d Dec 27 1998), Gorom 1lb
7ozs, Ikem (boy)
1lb, Jioke (boy)
1lb 10ozs, at 25 and 27 weeks.
1996 - 6 survive - Raposo/Clavijo
December 5 1996) David, Angel, Miguel, Andres,
Belen, Blanca, unknown (d early in utero), unknown (d Dec 5) at
30 weeks. Weights ranged from 1lb 10ozs to 3lbs 1oz.
4 survive - Mazzara
Pierrera (Italy, Sep 13 & 17 2000) Rosa
Maria, Marta, Connie, Cristina (d Sep 18),
Oct 10), Michele
(b), Angelo Gabriele
(b, d Sep 17), Girolamo
(b, d Sep 20), born at 26 weeks.
1979 - 2 survive
August 16 1979) Silvana, Anna, Valentina
(d), girl (d), girl (d), Luca
(d), Francesco (d),
boy (d). The family had lost a set of sextuplets before this.
unidentified (Algeria) Reports of 6 girls surviving.
Noah, Jonah, Jeremiah, Makai, Josiah, Isaiah, Nariyah and
Maliyah Suleman (California,
January 26 2009) 6 boys, 2 girls. 1.8lbs to 3.4 lbs.
7 - Ebuka,
Chidi, Echerem, Chima, Gorom, Ikem, Jioke Louis (Texas,
December 20 1998) .
6 - David,
Angel, Miguel, Andres, Belen and Blanca
Raposo/Clavijo (Spain, December 5 1996).
6 - Unidentified
6 girls survive. Unsure of this stat.
4 - Michele
Rosa Maria, Marta and Connie Mazzara
(Italy, September 13 and 17 2000).
2 - Silvana and Anna Chianese (Italy,
August 16 1979)
Sets (naturally conceived)
There have been 5 sets conceived/born without fertility drugs (possibly 6).
There have been
19 recorded cases of octuplets. Visit the
Octuplets section for more.
1971 - Brodrick
(Australia, June 13 1971) 5 boys, 4 girls. Two males stillborn, Richard (12
ozs) lived the longest at 6 days. None survived.
1972 - Unidentified
May 29 1972) none survived.
1976 - Unidentified
1976) none survived
1977 - Unidentified
May 11 1977) to a 30 year old mother, none survived.
1979 - Unidentified
may actually be the Chianese
family who had octuplets).
1999 - Mat
Saad (Malaysia, March 26 1999)
Adam, Nuh, Idris, Soleh, Hud, Aishah (g),
(g), none survived more than 6 hours. She was told
to expect sextuplets. Delivered at 21 weeks.
2002 - Unidentified
She was pregnant with nonuplets, and 2 months in July 2002 in a Saudi Arabian
hospital, but I heard nothing about the outcome.
2008 - Ali/Khamis
(Egypt, August 16, 2008) 9 were conceived, 2 were lost in utero and 7 survive.
See the Septuplets section for more information.
News reports in 1998
claimed Cristina Hernandez Nunez was expecting "up to nine" babies. She
gave birth to sextuplets (see: Salinas/Hernandez in World Sextuplets)
Decaplets (10) and Higher
(10), Undecaplets (11), Duodecaplets (12), Tridecaplets (13), Quadecaplets
(14), Quindecaplets (15) +
1924 - Spain
1936 - China
(May 12 1936)
1946 - Brazil
(April 22 1946) 8 girls, 2 boys. No word in any survivors.
babies) is the highest that have ever been born in history. While
higher multiples have been conceived, only ten babies were carried long
enough to be born.
1996 - Efsthatiou
(Cyprus, 1996) Mother was 23 at the time she conceived using fertility
drugs. She elected to undergo selective reduction and reduce to 4. I am
not sure of the outcome.
1736 - Unidentified
England) Reportedly conceived 9 girls and 3 boys.
1988 - Unidentified
miscarried 12 fetuses.
1992 - Sciortino
de Allavatti (Argentina, May 1992) Mother
was 24 when she lost 12 fetuses that were conceived spontaneously
the help of fertility treatments). This is the highest number of multiples
conceived spontaneously (naturally).
1971 - Unidentified
July 22 1971) 15 fetuses were removed from the mother's womb by Dr. Gennaro
Montanino after 4 months of pregnancy. She had 10 girls and 5 boys, and
fertility drugs were responsible for this case. The fetuses were five inches
long and five ounces in weight. The woman and her husband already had an
8 year old daughter born after similar fertility drug treatments and had
wished to have another child. This was the most multiples conceived by
one woman at one time.
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