New Delhi: An American woman Nadya Suleman came to international attention when she gave birth to octuplets in January 2009.
The Suleman octuplets are only the second full set of octuplets to be born alive in the United States. One week after their birth, they surpassed the previous worldwide survival rate for a complete set of octuplets set by the Chukwu octuplets in 1998.
Suleman gave birth to her eight babies at Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center in California.
Her octuplets includes, six boys and two girls, weighing between 1lb 8oz and 3lb 4oz.
Suleman's octuplets were conceived by in-vitro fertilization (IVF), conducted by Dr. Michael Kamrava. Suleman claimed to have requested implantation of six embryos that she had accumulated from previous IVF treatments, despite being informed that the recommended guideline limit for a woman her age was three
Suleman was awake during the birth, having been given a spinal anaesthetic during the Caesarean section, and each baby was shown to her right after it was born before being rushed to another room.