I Was Worried Sick When We Had Our Six; Lives A Woman in America Has Given Birth to Octuplets. Susan Lee Speaks to the Dad of the World's Only Known Single-Sex Sextuplets, Graham Walton, as He Remembers His Family's Own Experience of Multiple Birth
Byline: Susan Lee
WHEN Graham and Jan Walton discovered they might have difficulty having a family, they discussed adoption. "I remember talking about the possibility of twins and saying: 'hang on, that's a bit much, one's enough'," remembers the 58-year-old with a laugh.
"Then Jan fell pregnant and we learned there were six. God moves in mysterious ways!"
Speaking from his home in Wallasey, the painter and decorator admits his phone has been red hot with media calls since the story of the Californian octuplets broke yesterday.
"The first one was 6.15am but I don't mind. I understand why people want to talk to us and Jan and I are honoured to have experienced what we have."
It was back in 1983 that the couple proudly showed off their new born girls - Hannah, Lucy, Ruth, Sarah, Kate and Jenny.
"I remember when I was told I was going to be a dad being terrified I wouldn't be good enough. I thought: 'Am I ready?' And then, when we found there were six, I was worried sick about Jan; I can still remember the looks on the faces of the doctors and nurses."
The girls were born at 31 weeks in the former Oxford Street maternity hospital in November and were in incubators for some weeks.
"The publicity that comes with multiple births is amazing.
It's quite a shock.
"Going home from the hospital the night they were born I couldn't get to my front door because of all the reporters."
He says the first few days and weeks were 'a blur'.
"It was a madhouse. I look back now and wish I could have appreciated it more but there just wasn't the time. …