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Arcelia Garcia, 54, Gives Birth to 3 Healthy Girls

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, July 20, 2009 | 0 comments

Arcelia Garcia, a 54-Year-Old Grandmother, Gives Birth to Three Healthy GirlsJanuary 24, 2000 - When 54-year-old Arcelia Garcia began feeling tired last summer, she was running a schedule that would have put a woman half her age to shame. Yet she was troubled enough by her unexpected fatigue to take time out to visit her doctor.

Boy, was she in for a surprise. Not only was Garcia two months pregnant—she was carrying triplets. "The news came like a bright star," says Garcia, whose other children range in age from 16 to 35. "To have a child is so wonderful; you never feel like you're too old."

Her pregnancy stunned fertility experts for two reasons: The average age of menopause is 51, and triplets occur in just one of every 8,000 pregnancies. "The probability of someone over 50 having triplets is one in a million," says Dr. Larry Shields, a perinatal specialist at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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