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A 52-year-old has given birth to triplets

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, November 19, 2006 | 0 comments

A 52-year-old who became a grandmother last year has given birth to triplets, baffling doctors in Naples who say the likelihood of such a case is "one in a billion".

Gabriele, Alessio and Nunzia were born several weeks early and were reported to be in good condition despite weighing just 1,7kg, 1,5kg and 1,1kg respectively.

The woman insists she did not undergo any fertility treatment, but doctors remained unconvinced. Mamma Mellone said her family had a history of "mature" pregnancies, with a cousin giving birth to her fourth child at the age of 51.


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