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Surrogate Mother Has Triplets for Her Sister

June 27, 1986

DETROIT (AP) _ An infertile woman was in tears as her sister gave birth to triplets after being artificially inseminated with the sperm of the woman’s husband.

Jeanette Wilks, 32, of St. Clair Shores, delivered what may be the world’s first set of surrogate triplets, said Noel Keane, an attorney who is handling the adoption and has arranged 100 surrogate births.

The three boys were delivered Sunday by Caesarean section at Sinai Hospital of Detroit eight weeks premature and were transferred to Pontiac General Hospital, said Dr. Michael Berke, who helped in the delivery.

The babies were in stable condition Thursday in the hospital’s neo-natal intensive care unit, spokeswoman Jan Simmons said. She said one child was being tube fed and two still were receiving oxygen from a ventilator.

One of the boys weighed 2 pounds, 14 ounces and the others each weighed slightly more than 3 pounds.

″The triplets were expected, but there was some concern because of the prematurity,″ Berke said.

He said Mrs. Wilks’ 34-year-old sister and brother-in-law, who were in a waiting room during the delivery, saw the babies soon afterward.

″They were fulfilled,″ Berke said. ″It was a great joy to them.″

Martin Wilks, who was with his wife during the delivery, said there were few words when the two sisters saw each other after the delivery. ″There was a lot of feeling between them. There’s really no words to describe it ... eye contact, tears.″

″She loves her (sister) so much she just wanted her to have children,″ said Wilks, 34.

The name of Mrs. Wilks’ sister, who also lives in the Detroit area, wasn’t revealed.

Wilks said publicity about the surrogate births was making everyone in the family nervous, and that was why he was the only one speaking to reporters.

Wilks said the babies were conceived after three unsuccessful attempts to artificially inseminate Mrs. Wilks. He said his wife took no fertility drugs, and he said he was unaware of any history of multiple births in the family.

The Wilks’ have two other sons, ages 8 and 9.

″They knew exactly what was going on,″ said Wilks. ″They’re happy as can be for their mom.″

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