Xavier Magazine

Joy Times Six

In 35 years of caring for newborns, Dr. John Vollman hasn’t seen anything quite like it—and neither have his colleagues.

The 1965 graduate is the former director of the division of neonatology at Akron (Ohio) Children’s Hospital and professor of clinical pediatrics at Northeastern Ohio University’s College of Medicine. And he was part of a nine- doctor group that cared for the Hanselman sextuplets at the hospital earlier this year. The babies, three boys and three girls weighing between 1 pound, 9 ounces and 2 pounds, 10 ounces each, were born within a minute of each other—possibly a record pace—on Feb. 26.

Vollman and his associates began planning for the births far in advance. Then they waited as mother Jennifer Hanselman began five weeks of hospital bed rest. When the sextuplets finally arrived, they were greeted in the delivery room by a team of 34, including six neonatologists.

Unfortunately, Vollman wasn’t among them—he was away in Florida. But that’s a minor personal disappointment, he says. The good news is that the babies are all home and doing well.

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