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Mother of Septuplets Now Gives Birth to Twins

January 23, 1991

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) _ A woman who gave birth to septuplets six years ago after taking a fertility drug and sued over their health problems has delivered twins after using the same drug, her lawyer said.

Patti Frustaci bore a boy and a girl, Jordan Browne and Jaclyn Lee, Dec. 21 at Riverside Hospital, attorney R. Browne Greene said Tuesday.

Greene represented Mrs. Frustaci and her husband, Sam, in a wrongful death suit filed against the fertility clinic and doctor who helped conceive the septuplets.

The septuplets - four boys and three girls - were born May 21, 1985, at Children’s Hospital in Orange. One was stillborn. Three died within 19 days of their birth. The remaining three children have medical and developmental problems.

The twins were conceived with the help of Pergonal, the same fertility drug Mrs. Frustaci took to become pregnant with the septuplets.

″She got the healthy babies she wanted,″ Greene said. ″That’s what this was all about.″

The boy weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and the girl weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce, Greene said.

The Frustacis settled their medical malpractice suit against Tyler Medical Clinic Inc. in Los Angeles and Dr. Jaroslav Marik in July. The settlement gave Mrs. Frustaci and the three surviving septuplets at least $2.7 million, to be paid over the children’s lives.

The Frustacis charged that the clinic and Marik neglected to order tests to determine the number of eggs present prior to insemination. Marik said he recommended an ultrasound test, but Mrs. Frustaci refused to take it.

The Frustacis also have a son, Joseph, who’s nearly 7.

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