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Riverside County woman who gave birth in Orange County to septuplets in 1985 dies at age 63

By in Press Enterprise on February 14, 2018

By Sean Emery

A longtime Riverside County woman who more than three decades ago gave birth to septuplets at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Orange in what was then the largest multiple birth in the United States died on Saturday.

A service is set for March 2 to remember Patti Frustaci, 63, who drew national attention following the birth of her seven children. The cause of Frustaci’s death was not disclosed in an obituary prepared by the Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary in Riverside.

  • Patricia Frustaci holds up Richard Charles, the second of her septuplets to leave Children’s Hospital of Orange County after their 1985 birth. (File photo by Elaine Isaacson, Orange County Register)

  • Patricia Frustaci holds up daughter Patricia Ann on Sept. 6, 1985, the firstborn of of her septuplets to leave Children's Hospital of Orange County after their 1985 birth.(File photo by Rick Rickman, Orange County Register))

    Patricia Frustaci holds up daughter Patricia Ann on Sept. 6, 1985, the firstborn of of her septuplets to leave Children’s Hospital of Orange County after their 1985 birth.(File photo by Rick Rickman, Orange County Register))

  • Patricia Frustaci holds up Richard Charles, the second of her septuplets to leave Children's Hospital of Orange County after their 1985 birth. (File photo by Elaine Isaacson, Orange County Register)

    Patricia Frustaci holds up Richard Charles, the second of her septuplets to leave Children’s Hospital of Orange County after their 1985 birth. (File photo by Elaine Isaacson, Orange County Register)

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In the mid-1980s, Frustaci, then an English teacher at Rubidoux High School, and her husband, Sam, sought fertility assistance. The couple had a son.

On May 21, 1985, the babies were born 12 weeks prematurely. Doctors at St. Joseph’s Hospital, who had […]    

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