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Surrogate and Grandma Gives Birth to Triplets

December 29, 2004|From Times Wire Reports

A 55-year-old woman acting as a surrogate for her daughter gave birth to triplets -- her own grandchildren.

The two boys and one girl were delivered a month and a half prematurely by caesarean section at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond. Surrogate mother Tina Cade experienced "mild complications," which the hospital said was not uncommon for such surgery.

Cade carried the triplets for her oldest daughter, Camille Hammond, who suffers from endometriosis, a condition that affects the lining of the uterus and makes it difficult to become pregnant.

Cade approached the couple with the idea of carrying their child and began hormone treatment last winter to prepare her for pregnancy because she had entered menopause.

Months later, she was implanted with three test-tube embryos.

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