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

They Were In Complete Shock

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Not even Dr. Hauser could believe her eyes. “The words shock and disbelief come to mind. For a good length of time, I couldn’t wrap my mind around this,” Hauser told TIME in 1997. Conceiving septuplets wasn’t entirely unprecedented, but Hauser had to explain to the McCaugheys the risks involved with having that many babies at once.

Of course, the McCaugheys knew the carrying multiples comes with its fair share of risk, but they weren’t expecting to hear what the doctors had to say next.