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Last Houston Octuplet Goes Home

June 25, 1999

HOUSTON (AP) _ The last of the surviving Texas octuplets has finally gone home.

Ikem was discharged Thursday from Texas Children’s Hospital, seven months after he and his seven siblings were born to Nkem Chukwu and her husband, Ikye Louis Udobi.

The oldest of two boys, Ikem had been in serious condition for months. He had trouble breathing on his own until abdominal surgery in March.

Doctors said he weighs 7 pounds, 12 ounces _ up from a birth weight of 1 pound and 1 ounce.

The babies were the world’s only living octuplets when born in December. Six girls were born in addition to the two boys, but one died a week later.

Pediatricians have not indicated that the children have shown any signs of the long-term problems that can face babies born prematurely.

Three of the babies went home in March and three more left the hospital in April.

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