A Miracle Story

47-year-old conceives triplets naturally

5/22/2014, 9 a.m.
When Sharon Lewis learned that she was pregnant at age 47, she was shocked. Then came an even bigger surprise: ...
Sharon Lewis and triplets Dylan, Denere and Denard Randolph.

When Sharon Lewis learned that she was pregnant at age 47, she was shocked. Then came an even bigger surprise: She was pregnant with triplets.

Already the mother of two – a 25-year-old daughter and a 14-year-old son – Sharon wasn’t trying to become pregnant. In fact, she thought it was impossible because of her age. Doctors say it is rare that a woman her age would conceive the babies naturally, with no fertilization treatment. But there they were.

“The tears rolled because it was unexpected,” Sharon said.

Sharon was referred to Salih Y. Yasin, M.D., a University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital obstetrician/gynecologist who specializes in high-risk pregnancies and is known for delivering multiples. Dr. Yasin monitored Sharon’s pregnancy closely.

“It was a great pregnancy and I felt wonderful,” Sharon said.

However, Sharon developed preeclampsia – high blood pressure and protein in the urine found in some pregnant women – so Dr. Yasin decided to deliver the triplets early.

On March 18, Sharon’s triplets – all boys – were delivered via Cesarean-section at 30 weeks, each weighing about two pounds. Dylan, Denere, and Denard Randolph were cared for in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

The Holtz Children’s NICU is one of the largest of its kind in the nation, known worldwide for its cutting-edge research to improve neonatal care and its success in caring for critically ill infants – some born as early as 24 weeks gestation.

The boys spent seven weeks at Holtz, visited daily by Sharon and other relatives. All are healthy and doing well, said M. Grisel Galarza, M.D., a UM//Holtz neonatologist who cared for the babies.

This new mother of triplets was able to take her babies home just days before Mother’s Day, making it a very special day. For her doctors, who remain amazed at the case and the wonderful outcome, Sharon pulled off a rare hat-trick going three-for-three in the winner’s column.

“For it to occur by itself is very rare, and for her to have triplets is another rarity, and for all of them to be healthy and good is another rarity," said Dr. Yasin.

For her paart, Sharon, a school cafeteria monitor in Miami, is ready for the challenge of raising her three boys.

“This was all a big surprise to me, but it was a wonderful surprise,” Sharon said. “I feel that God blessed my womb.”