56-year-old woman has triplets, then heart attack

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56-year-old Nury Garcia gave birth to triplets last fall, and four days later she suffered a heart attack. The babies-two boys and a girl-were born at 34 weeks in Florida to Garcia and her husband Maximino. Garcia is already mother to a 21-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son, and has a 1-year-old grandchild. Garcia and Maximino (who is 27 years her junior) went to Garcia's native Colombia for the IVF treatment that implanted four embryos into her uterus. In the United States, many infertility specialists will refuse to do the procedure on older women because of the health risks involved for mother and baby. Once Garcia returned to America, several obstetricians turned her away before she finally found a doctor who would take her as a patient. She suffered from gestational diabetes and swelling that left her unable to walk.


Garcia recovered from her heart attack and now stays home with the triplets. She dreams of telling her story on Oprah, and hopes that media attention will bring in donations.

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