Woman who gave birth to 7 kids in 1985 dies at age 63

Manteca Bulletin - - Local/ State/ Opinion -

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Pa­tri­cia Frustaci, who made na­tional head­lines in 1985 when she gave birth to seven chil­dren but strug­gled with the fi­nan­cial and pub­lic­ity fallout and with the heartache of see­ing four ba­bies per­ish, has died. She was 63.

Frustaci, who suf­fered from pul­monary fi­bro­sis, died Satur­day at a San Diego hos­pi­tal, her el­dest son, Joseph Frustaci of San Diego, said Wed­nes­day.

Frustaci was an English teacher in River­side and the mother of Joseph when she gave birth af­ter un­der­go­ing fer­til­ity treat­ments. At the time, it was the largest mul­ti­ple birth in the United States.

How­ever, the ba­bies were de­liv­ered 12 weeks pre­ma­turely by ce­sarean sec­tion and had a num­ber of se­ri­ous health prob­lems.

One girl was still­born, and two boys and a girl died within weeks.

Med­i­cal ex­penses soon topped $1 mil­lion. The fam­ily sued the fer­til­ity clinic and a doc­tor, al­leg­ing wrong­ful death of the four chil­dren and neg­li­gence that led to health prob­lems for the sur­viv­ing chil­dren.

“There is not a day that goes by that we don’t talk about them,” Frustaci, speak­ing of the dead chil­dren, said in a de­po­si­tion. “There is not a day that goes by that I don’t look at their pic­tures.”

The clinic later set­tled the law­suit with­out ac­knowl­edg­ing any wrong­do­ing. It agreed to pay $450,000 and to pro­vide monthly pay­ments to the sur­viv­ing three chil­dren for life.

The fi­nan­cial prob­lems, the pub­lic­ity and the stress of look­ing af­ter chil­dren who needed round-the-clock care took a toll on Frustaci, who also suf­fered from what is now known as bipo­lar dis­or­der, her son said.

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