Celebrity Octuplets Improving By People Staff Published on May 19, 1999 12:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email All seven of the surviving Houston octuplets were breathing on their own Wednesday after Gorom Louis, who underwent abdominal surgery Dec. 26, was taken off a ventilator. Her four sisters and two brothers were being breast-fed by their mother, Nkem Chukwu. Gorom continued to be fed intravenously. All of the babies remain in critical but stable condition. Odera, a girl who weighed less than a pound at birth, died a week after she was born Dec. 20.