- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 28, 2004

RICHMOND — A 55-year-old woman acting as a surrogate for her daughter gave birth to triplets yesterday.

Tina Cade delivered the two boys and one girl by Caesarean section at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital. She experienced “mild complications,” which the hospital said is not uncommon following such surgery.

Her husband, Ronald, was at her bedside and her condition was being monitored, doctors said.

“Mommy is doing fine,” Dr. James Jones Jr. said at a press conference with Mrs. Cade’s daughter, Dr. Camille Hammond, and son-in-law, Jason Hammond. “The babies are really doing well.”

Camille Hammond, 29, said she was “overwhelmed” by her first look at the three infants.

“The three words I have to summarize my experience … God is good,” she said.

“It was pretty surreal,” Jason Hammond, 29, said. “They were all just so beautiful. We were just overcome.”

Mrs. Cade carried the babies for her oldest daughter, who suffers from endometriosis. The condition affects the lining of the uterus and makes it difficult to become pregnant.

The Hammonds, both resident physicians at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, tried for four years to become pregnant.

After years of offering to help, the Hammonds relented and Mrs. Cade began hormone-replacement therapy. Then, in the spring, she underwent in-vitro fertilization and three embryos were implanted in the mother of three.

“The first time you hold your child, or your children, is just a wonderful feeling,” Mr. Hammond said.

The triplets were delivered from 12:22 to 12:24 p.m. yesterday. The boys weighed 4 pounds, 9 ounces and 3 pounds, 12 ounces; the girl weighed 4 pounds, 10 ounces.

The babies, who were due in mid-February, have been named but the family did not release their names. The infants were in intensive care.

Dr. Jones said the C-section was scheduled after Mrs. Cade came in for an appointment and doctors noticed swelling. She was admitted Monday.

“Mom’s doing wonderfully upstairs,” said Dr. Jones, a family friend of the Cades’ for the past 20 years. “She is just a trouper, a wonderful loving woman who would do anything for her children, as you can tell.”

The National Center for Health Statistics said 12 children were born in 2002 to women ages 50 to 54 who carried triplets. The center only records surviving infants, and does not maintain statistics for women 55 and over.

Mrs. Cade is director of multicultural affairs at the University of Richmond.

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