Bobbi McCaughey, the mother of newborn septuplets, is no longer in hospital.
The 29-year-old was quietly released on Sunday and whisked away.
Five of the babies are listed as being in a serious condition, which is not uncommon for premature babies, and two are now listed in fair condition.
As Bobbi McCaughey prepared to leave the hospital, members of the church that is so central to her family’s life gathered to worship for the first time since what they are calling the miracle birth.
UPSOUND: (English) “Praise the Lord..praise the Lord…”
The congregation of Missionary Baptist Church sang songs of praise on Sunday in Carlisle, Iowa.
Many members of this congregation say their prayers have been answered – seven times over.
The small church is home to the McCaughey family.
The altar where Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey got married in 19-92 is now decorated with balloons celebrating the birth of their septuplets
It was here that Kenny McCaughey announced to fellow parishioners in late spring that his wife was carrying not one baby, but seven.
So it was fitting, that the church was where they gathered today to thank the one they say is responsible for what they call the miracle birth.
“So you rejoice with us over the wonderful way God has worked, providing those safe deliveries, and folks it’s exciting. I wish we could have you all walk in there and see these babies at one time. I know that’s impossible, but it’s a glorious thing to see the handiwork of God.”
SUPER CAPTION: Pastor Robert Brown, Missionary Baptist Church
Since their birth, headlines have heralded the babies, often calling them seven miracles.
And to their parents and many others they are.
The McCaughey’s have declared their unswerving faith has guided them to the day many medical experts thought couldn’t — or shouldn’t — take place.
Family members say that while God took care of the babies during the pregnancy, the church took care of more practical matters.
“I think the church has been magnificent, just tremendous. In all the help they have given – this church and one or two others helping, for months have supplied all the weekday meals for them so that … well Bobbi was unable to cook for them for a while after she was put to bed. And all that has been supplied for them.”
SUPER CAPTION: Robert Hepworth, Grandfather of Septuplets
To raise the seven children, plus their two-year-old daughter Mikayla, the McCaughey’s will need a lot of help.
And it appears that they will get it.
“We’re there, and we’re ready to join her and help her every way we can. And so is the community, and so is the church. They’re well supported.”
SUPER CAPTION: Henry Hepworth, Great Uncle of Septuplets
Bobbi McCaughey was allowed to go home from the hospital on Sunday after a month’s stay.
The babies aren’t expected to be released until January, but they continue to impress doctors with their progress.
Five of them – two boys and three girls – remain in serious condition at Blank Children’s Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.
Kenneth, the first-born, has been breathing on his own since Friday.
And the last-born of the seven – Joel Steven – who had been listed in critical condition shortly after Wednesday’s birth was taken off a ventilator on Sunday and upgraded to fair condition.
“We now have two babies who are listed in fair condition. Kenneth is still doing very well in fair condition, and I’m very very happy to report that as of a little while ago Joel has been taken off the respirator and is also listed in fair condition. The other babies continue in serious condition and are doing very well.”
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