Catching Up With The Famous Sextuplets, 12 Years After Their Miraculous Survival

In 2010 Mia and Rozonno McGhee became the proud parents of sextuplets. The family soon shot to fame and starred in their own reality show, with America captivated by the sheer insanity of trying to raise six babies all at once. But when the show ended, they faded from the limelight somewhat. Recently, though, fans were finally treated to an update on where the kids are at in their lives today.

Sextuplets are rare

Sextuplets are extremely rare, and the pregnancy is very risky. According to the Raising Multiples website, there have been up to 175 recorded cases of sextuplets. But sadly, only in 35 of these instances did all six babies live beyond infancy. Incredibly, it took until 1993 for the U.S. to have its first documented case of surviving sextuplets.

The McGhee sextuplets

So, when Mia gave birth to Isaac, Josiah, Elijah, Rozonno Jr., Olivia, and Madison — and all six babies survived — the family joined a very select group. Then, when she posted an adorable photograph of the babies sleeping, sprawled across their exhausted dad’s back, they soon went viral. It was the beginning of an incredible — yet tumultuous — time in the McGhees’ lives.

Military operation

Within a few months of their photo capturing the public’s imagination, the family was whisked away to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Obviously, their trip had to be planned with almost military-like precision. For example, they crammed six suitcases with 150 — yes, 150 — diapers, plus spare clothing and toys for the sextuplets. You’ve got to have spares, after all!

Mia and Rozonno

Mia and Rozonno told Oprah about their respective upbringings, which were both in single-parent homes in poorer areas of Ohio that struggled with high crime rates. In fact, both Mia’s older brothers were involved in illegal activity and, as she put it, they, “didn’t make it out.” Rozonno didn’t have it any easier, as his mother battled addiction for 19 years.