The World’s First Surviving Septuplets Are All Grown Up And You Won’t Believe Your Eyes

Multiple Births Are Risky, So Doctors Suggested “Selective Reduction”

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Multiple births — whether its twins, triplets or more — come with a myriad of risks and complications. Mothers expecting multiples risk suffering miscarriages or stillbirths. With septuplets, these risks are amplified.

The McCaughey’s doctors recommended the standard option for cases like these: selective reduction. Essentially, this process involves selecting questionable fetuses for abortion so that the other ones have better chances of a healthy birth. This, of course, causes a moral dilemma for any parents who are put in this situation. But for the McCaugheys, their decision was a no-brainer.