US woman has given birth to eight babies, becoming the second person recorded in the US to have delivered a set of living octuplets.

Six boys and two girls were born nine weeks premature and were delivered by Caesarean section in the hospital in Los Angeles, California. The babies weighed in at between 1lb 8 ounces (820g) and 3lb 4oz (1.47kg) and are all said to be doing well.

No identity information has been revealed on the mother’s request.
A hospital spokeswoman described the deliveries, which took place in the space of five minutes, as "truly amazing".

A Caesarean section was scheduled for seven babies, but doctors were surprised when an eighth came out. Three of the babies needed help breathing, but all were otherwise doing well. The babies will have to stay in incubators for at least six weeks and the mother is planning to breast feed them all.