When I went back to Vicky, all I could say was: "They're beautiful. At 11am on Saturday, Vicky saw her babies for the first time. I couldn't stop crying when I saw how perfect each one was, right down to their fingernails.
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I felt so overwhelmed with love for them. Almost every day since the birth has brought some new trauma. The worst came in the first week, when Matthew sadly died. He stayed alive for around 15 minutes after they took him off the ventilator and he died in our arms. Losing Matthew is the worst thing that has ever happened to me, but his death hasn't made me doubt our decision to have six babies.
I was pregnant with six and gave birth to six. He was wanted, loved, and at least he had a chance of life. Every day, Vicky spends the morning with her babies, while Andy, a former soldier, takes Grace to school before going to work at the health and safety firm owned by Vicky's parents, Richard, 56, and Diana, All the babies are now off ventilators and are breathing with the help of Vapotherm, which delivers high flow oxygen through nostril tubes.
They are being fed with Vicky's breast milk, which she expresses every three hours. Vicky returns home in the afternoon to see Grace and, in the evening, she and Andy return to the hospital to see the babies, while Vicky's parents babysit. They read to the babies, talk to them, clean their mouths and change their nappies - an experience which was initially alarming for Vicky as she tried to manoeuvre their little twig-like legs amid all the tubes.
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Andy says: 'I've held Rose only once and the others twice, because it tires them. But they seem to recognise our voices and peek up at us when we pull back the blanket. If I put my hand in the crib, they will grip it with amazing strength.
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They are real fighters. Vicky and Andy haven't even begun to think fully about how they will cope when Layla, Eric, Pippa, Ellen and Rose do come home. That won't be before each one weighs more than 4lb.
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Right now, only one of them is more than 2lb. The Lambs hope to convert the garage of their three-bedroom house into a nursery room. Vicky adds: 'You can't see into the future, but I'm not nervous.
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People keep asking: "Have you got things in place? Our five little fighters: Just seven weeks old, the deeply moving story of the sextuplets born to an awestruck British couple - and their grief for the little boy they lost By Helen Weathers for the Daily Mail Updated: BST, 3 July e-mail 45 View comments. Wriggler: Ellen Diana, born fifth, shares a cuddle with mother Vicky. Strong grip: Father Andy has been able to cuddle delicate Rose only once.
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Unfortunately for Jon, this immediately affected his relationships with his children, as he noted Kate dictated when and how the kids would see him. And, because of legal fees, Jon was finding it hard at the time to head back to court and fight for custody again. I am not arguing that joy and delight have no place in media coverage of these events. But the media owe us more than just cheering, gushing and cooing when reproductive technologies create babies in numbers that do not occur naturally and, more seriously, that carry tremendous risks.
In the case of the Masches, the mother went into life-threatening heart failure right after the births. Too much blood was in her body from supporting all the fetuses and she nearly died. News reports noted this problem but passed over it to get back to the positive side of megamultiples. The Minnesota babies were born extremely premature at 22 weeks. Sadly, three have already died. But the downside of megamultiples, in terms of risk to the fetuses or the moms, got little media play in the initial stories about the two sets of sextuplets. When megamultiple pregnancies occur due to fertility treatments, it spells potential trouble for both the mother and the fetuses.
Gestational diabetes, strokes and preeclampsia — a potentially lethal form of hard-to-control high blood pressure — are huge risks for moms having more than twins. And moms expecting triplets or more are almost guaranteed to have Caesarean sections. The babies themselves are put at grave risk when there are more than two.
Having megamultiples means the babies face less room to grow in the womb, prematurity and low birth weights. All of these translate into high risk for mental retardation, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy and vision and hearing loss for the babies. They are also 20 times more likely to die in the first month of their lives than singletons.
Infants born in big numbers also need to spend a lot of time in neonatal intensive care units to allow vital organs to develop, which means they require expensive, high quality medical care. Those costs are almost always borne by either insurance plans or state Medicaid funds, meaning you and I pay their bills.