- The world’s first surviving septuplets are grown up and have graduated from high school
- The McCaughey septuplets made headlines when they were born in 1996
- They are set to pursue different interests after high school
The McCaughey septuplets, who more than 18 years ago became the world’s first set of surviving septuplets, are all grown up and have officially graduated from high school.
Born on January 3, 1996 in the town of Carlislie, Iowa in the United States, the septuplets, composed of four boys and three girls, made headlines due to the miraculous circumstances of their birth.
They faced various medical risks and were put on ventilators when they came out. Doctors and nurses at that time were afraid that some, if not all of them, would not make it.
The news of their birth brought their community together and they have since become some sort of local celebrities.
And now, the siblings Kenneth Robert, Alexis May, Natalie Sue, Kelsey Ann, Nathan Roy, Brandon James, and Joel Steven, who all went to school together, received their high school diplomas and are expected to set out on their new journey.
“The community really rallied behind them when they were born and they’ve been a huge part of the community ever since. To see them all grow up and go into their different interests…it’s neat to see,” Carlisle Community School District superintendent Bryce Amos told CNN.
While the seven brothers and sisters have all grown up together all their lives, they have taken on varying interests and it appears that they’ll now take on rather different paths.
One will be enlisting in the army later this summer while some are expected to head to college in different institutions, pursuing different degrees and taking on scholarships they received when they were born. Others will be heading straight for work.
No one could be any prouder than their mother, Bobbi McCaughey.
Just months ago, on the septuplets’ 18th birthday, she recalls the years that have gone by.
‘The [years] have flown by. There’s been so many things that have happened. Everything is a last. The last marching band performance. The last cross country meet. The last choir concert. It’s sad to see things end, but there will be lots of firsts coming,” she said.
Indeed, as one chapter ends, another begins for these “miracle babies.”
Let’s watch this and be amazed.