- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 27, 2009

BELLFLOWERS, Calif. (AP) — Doctors say the octuplets born to a mother in Southern California are in stable condition and breathing on their own.

Dr. Mandhir Gupta, a neonatologist at Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” the eight babies “are doing actually very, very well.”

Two of the newborns — the world’s second live-born set of octuplets — were initially put on ventilators but their breathing tubes have been removed.

The mother, who was not identified, gave birth Monday to six boys and two girls weighing between 1.8 pounds and 3.4 pounds. The eighth baby was a surprise to the parents and doctors who had been expecting only seven children.

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