With sister-in-law as surrogate, Righetti family grows by three

July 20, 1991|By San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Giants pitcher Dave Righetti and his wife became the parents of triplets yesterday afternoon, but neither father nor mother was present for the births.

Righetti revealed that the babies, born in an undisclosed Southern California hospital, were carried by Kayla Campbell, the sister of Righetti's wife, Kandice. Campbell volunteered to serve as a surrogate mother for the Righettis, who are unable to have children on their own.

The two girls and a boy were born at 7 months. Righetti was informed before last night's game in Montreal that Wesley David, Natalie Paige and Nicollette Lee were alert and healthy.

"It's a happy occasion; that family's incredible," Righetti said. "How do you measure it? How do you repay it? We'll never be able to."

The in-vitro fertilization consisted of extracting egg cells from Kandice Righetti and fertilizing them with her husband's sperm, then injecting the fertilized eggs into Campbell. The Righettis have been married for 2 1/2 years.

"For a year, we tried different avenues. The whole surrogate business is a dangerous business with a lot of shady people. It scared us and cost us a lot of money.

"We were going to think about adoption next, but then her sister volunteered. We tried last year a couple of times and it didn't work. This time it did."

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