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April 13, 2005

Sextuplets celebrate first birthday in spite of doctors advice that they be aborted

From LifeNews:

The first set of sextuplets born in Missouri are celebrating their first birthday after their parents made national headlines by refusing to consider having an abortion of one or more of the babies to ensure the survival of the others.

St. John's Mercy Medical Center, the hospital where they were born, held a birthday bash honoring Ron and Tina Otten's children, according to a KSDK-TV news report.

The three boys and three girls each received their own birthday cake, but singing "Happy Birthday" became difficult when friends and family had to insert each of the six names.

Jacob, Isabella, Madison, Joshua, Riley and Tyler were born second apart about 10 weeks ahead of their normal due date. All are healthy despite the premature birth.

The Ottens have had a busy household as they already had two daughters before the set of six children were born -- Abigail, 3, and Hannah, 5.

Lotsa kudos to the Ottens for taking a stand for life, and taking the risk it entailed. They are heroes. There's an Otten Family Benefit Fund established at the Bank of Edwardsville, P.O. Box 899, Edwardsville, IL 62025. If you want to send them a financial message in support of their courage. I would image a family burgeoning from 3 to 9 would take a serious economic impact, so they would need all the help they can get.

Posted by Danny Carlton at April 13, 2005 11:24 AM

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