January 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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