The Mccaughey Septuplets At 22

In the rarest of the rare cases, seven premature babies were born on Nov. 19, 1997 at a hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, setting the record as the world’s first septuplets surviving birth. They weighed between 2 and 4 pounds, and they owe their mutual existence to their parents’ decision of not opting for selective reduction. Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey had one daughter, but wanted another child. Since Bobbi was born with a malfunctioning pituitary gland that couldn't produce enough hormones to stimulate ovulation, she was injected with a fertility drug. The treatment turned out to be more than successful. The McCaughey family received generous donations, including a 5,500-square-foot home, a van, a year’s worth of Kraft’s macaroni and cheese, and two years’ supply of free diapers. Now, 22 years later, Kenny, Kelsey, Natalie, Brandon, Alexis, Nathan, and Joel have gone their separate ways. Nathan, Kelsey, Alexis, Natalie, and Joel graduated from Hannibal-LaGrange University this year on a full-ride scholarship provided to all the septuplets. Brandon enlisted in the military and is engaged to be married, and Kenny Jr. went to college for two years and is now a trim carpenter in Iowa.