Fortunately, though, the couple’s initial infertility came to an end thanks to a drug named Pergonal. And as a result of that fertility treatment, Patricia finally gave birth to her first child, Joseph, in March 1984. Happy with their success, the pair persisted with the drug, longing to add more new faces to their family.
Patricia fell pregnant for the second time in November 1984. However, her life changed forever when an ultrasound two months later revealed that she was carrying multiple babies. Seven of them, to be precise. Concerned about the possible health risks to both mother and babies, her obstetrician proposed abortion as one of several potential measures. However, that suggestion met with a very stern response.
As it turned out, Patricia and Samuel were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a restorationist church that strongly opposes elective abortion. “With our religious background and all we had gone through to have kids, that just wasn’t an option,” the mother told The New York Times in 1985. So, regardless of the risks, she wanted to give birth to her septuplets.