Back in 1997, The McCaughey septuplets were the first one to survive with none of babies dying. Parents Kenny and Bobbi already had a daughter Mikayla Marie, and wanted more. And through the miracle of fertility medicine, they had seven more! The family became an instant sensation, with well-wishers gifting them diapers, a van and even a 5,000-square-foot house.
The family needed it. With four boys - Kenny Robert, Brandon James, Nathan Roy, and Joel Steven - and three girls - Alexis May, Natalie Sue, and Kelsey Ann - they had a load on their hands.
But what happened to them once the media crazy died out and we forgot them in favor of Kardashians an whatever?
Nathan and Alexis had cerebral palsy, but it ended up being relatively mild: outside of inability to walk without assistance as they grew up, they didn't have any other afflictions. In fact, Nathan was having none of this and taught himself to walk without a walker. Meanwhile, Alexis finished at the top 15% of her graduating class.
She also entered a lot of pageants for special needs children and won Teen Miss Dreams Made True in 2013. But septuplets were an active bunch in general, with all them playing in their school marching band.
They could among their number a wrestler, a soccer player, and a drama participant.
When they graduated in 2016, the septuplets made a variety of choices. Nathan went with science while Alexis started studying to become a teacher - same as Natalie! Kelsey decided to study music.
Joel was interested in computer science, while Kenny Jr. continued the theme of nerd-ery by taking on construction. The kids highly benefited from Hannibal-LaGrange University in Missouri offering them full scholarships, with Natalie, Nathan, Kelsey, and Joel taking up the offer and moving out of state.
Brandon, on the other hand, followed his life long dream and enlisted in the United States Army.