Bobbi McCaughey and her husband, Kenney, made headlines when she safely delivered the world’s first surviving set of septuplets in Des Moines, Iowa.
On November 19, 1997, the McCaugheys welcomed Kenny Jr., Alexis, Natalie, Kelsey, Nathan, Brandon and Joel. The babies weighed between 2.5 pounds and 3.4 pounds and many called them a medical miracle.
Their big sister Mikayla was about 1 year old at the time.
As Bobbi was having difficulty conceiving another child after Mikayla, she and Kenny decided to pursue in vitro fertilization.
The procedure worked so well, that she ended up carrying seven embryos. The religious couple chose to keep them all, saying it was “in God’s hands.”
After the babies’ delivery, their community and many Americans realized how full their hands and their hands would be with eight little ones to raise.
Fortunately for the family, they received several generous donations including a seven bedroom house, a van, a year’s worth of Kraft’s macaroni and cheese and two year’s worth of free diapers.
Good thing they got the diapers – those babies went through 40-a-day!
President Bill Clinton called the family to personally congratulate them after the babies were born and Oprah welcomed them on her show, but now they’re all grown up.
Last year, the septuplets achieved a major milestone when they all graduated from Carlisle High School in Iowa.
Although they may have started their lives in a state of uncertainty, they have all grown into mature, young adults who know exactly where they’re going.
Upon graduation, each of the septuplets knew exactly what they wanted to do next…
Natalie hopes to become an elementary school teacher.
Brandon joined the Army in June 2016.
Kelsey chose to study music in college.
Kenny Jr. is studying construction at Des Moines Area Community College.
Alexis graduated top of her class and plans to be a teacher.
Nathan hopes to secure a career in science after school.
Joel hopes to pursue a career in computer science in college.
This year, on November 19, the McCaughey septuplets will celebrate another milestone – their 20th birthday.
We can’t wait so see what they do next!