Parents of world's newest sextuplets speak out
HOUSTON (WHDH) -- The world’s newest sextuplets belong to a remarkably calm, young Houston-area couple.
After what Lauren Perkins describes as an “easy pregnancy”, the couple became the proud parents of a six pack; three boys and three girls, born in four minutes by Cesarean section.
Some 35 doctors, nurses and other specialists at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women were in the delivery room -- a team for each baby. Andrew, Ben, Levi, Allison, Caroline and Leah -- the largest was just 2 pounds, 15 ounces.
Five of the Perkins' six pack are breathing on their own. Only Leah is still on a ventilator and facing greater challenges. She had surgery Monday and came through it well.
After 18 months of trying on their own, Lauren became pregnant with fertility drugs through a process known as I-U-I. They made the decision not to selectively reduce.
For at least a few months, the babies will remain at the hospital, and even with all the challenges ahead and Leah's fragile condition, the proud parents look forward to the day they'll all be home.
The Perkins are a little shell shocked by all the attention they are getting but even though multiple births are on the rise, sextuplets are still extremely rare.