Vital Statistics: Trillion-to-One Chance

The odds against giving birth to twins are 80 to 1, against triplets 6,400 to 1, against quadruplets 512,000 to 1 and against quintuplets 40,960,000 to 1. Last week in Mexico City, Mrs. Maria Teresa López de Sepulveda, 21, wife of a social security clerk and mother of a two-year-old son, produced the 20,971,520,000,000-to-l chance: octuplets, four boys and four girls. The babies, weighing about 19½ oz. each, were two months premature, and all died within hours. It was only the third time in this century that octuplets have been reported (the...

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