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Tough decisions - three heartbeats at 41

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, July 20, 2012 | 0 comments

Zel Burns said about a year ago her 7-year-old son wrote a letter to God asking for a sibling.

Burns was 41 at the time, and she thought her odds of getting pregnant without assistance were slim.

After a few discouraging months and a failed pregnancy the Burns decided they were done.

"Come back in a month, and we'll take care of it, and I came back in a month and I was pregnant," Burns said. "We sat, waited for an ultrasound.

The radiologist comes in and matter-of-factly says, ‘We see three heartbeats.' I was like, wait! No, you didn't say three."

Dr. Brian Kirshon, an OB/GYN who specializes in high-risk obstetrics, noted just how rare his patient's case is, said this type of pregnancy is 1 in 1 million.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost our precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted there will be no more babies in our house.

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