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Smallest of Octuplets Dies

December 27, 1998

HOUSTON (AP) _ The smallest of the Chukwu octuplets died early Sunday from heart and lung failure, a week after she was born weighing just 10.3 ounces.

Texas Children’s Hospital announced that the baby, Chijindu Chidera, who was nicknamed Odera, was pronounced dead at 3:23 a.m. CST. She and her seven siblings had been in intensive care unit since her birth Dec. 20 as part of the world’s first surviving set of octuplets. Odera was the fifth child born to Nkem Chukwu and her husband, Iyke Louis Udobi.

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