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January 13, 1989 - Image 29

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-01-13

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the room, a hospital-hired
video crew is assembling its
equipment while nurses are
counting and checking rows
of gleaming, neatly arrayed
instruments on a nearby
table.
Less than 10 steps across
the hall, the unsealed "an-
nex" is bustling with activi-
ty. Standing expectantly at
each of the five stations is a
neonatologist and a
respiratory therapist, to be
joined by a neonatal nurse
bearing the newborn from the
delivery room. Each station
and each piece of aparatus, is
labeled "Baby A," "Baby B,"
"Baby C," "Baby D," and
"Baby E."
Mary Jo Wilson is wheeled
into position in the delivery
room, husband Bill seated at
her side. Pivoting her to the
right, Dr. Tuwill runs his
fingers over her back, freshly
painted with a disinfectant,
seeking an opening between
vertbrae. A needle is inserted
and a numbing agent
introduced.
The abdomen is prepared
with a disinfectant while

awaiting the numbing sensa-
tion to envelop her lower tor-
so. Twenty minutes after Dr.
Tuwill's first injection, Dr.
Salesin slips a portion of
Mary Jo Wilson's skin bet-
ween the prongs of a thong
and squeezes.
Not just yet. Not numb
enough.
Five minutes later, another
squeeze.
It's time.
Dr. Goldsmith makes a ver-
tical incision with a scalpel
and separates other layers of
skin leading to the uterus.
Once exposed, the uterus is
incised and clamped open.
The hands of the magicians
enter ..

T

hey look good . . . nice
sizes," Dr. Martin Le-
vinson, chairman of
the Pediatrics Department,
observes while the five
neonatal teams ease the
babies into their new environ-
ment with incubators and
breathing assistance.
Babies "A," "B," "C," and
"D" are quickly stabilized
and wheeled into the delivery

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The Wilsons' health in-
surance plan through their
employment at General
Motors will take the sting out
of the hospital bill they can
expect to receive.
According to Paul Szilagy,
Sinai vice president of
finance, the cost of caring for
Mary Jo and the quintuplets
may total $175,000. That, by
the way, doesn't include physi-
cian charges.

doing and told her that she
already waited one week and
could wait another week for
me to come back," he said.
"But I felt so comfortable
with everyone here (at Sinai)
that I had no qualms about
leaving."

• •



Mary Jo Wilson won't have
much weight to lose from her
pregnancy. She gained about
25 pounds, according to Dr.
• • •
Alan Goldsmith, 15.3 pounds
After the fifth baby was of it represented by the
removed from Mrs. Wilson's babies' weight.
• • •
uterus and carried into the
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
For the record, the names
"annex," Dr. Alan Goldsmith and weights of the newest
needed to do some last- Wilsons, according to birth
minute checking.
order, are: Cameron Patrick,
"I did put my hand in there, 3 pounds, 5 ounces; Anthony
just to make sure (there Michael, 3 pounds, seven
wasn't a sixth)," he joked.
ounces; Shelby Nicole, 2
• • •
pounds, 14 ounces; Rebecca
Dr. David Schwartz, who Irene, 2 pounds, 15 ounces
devised and directed Sinai's and Elizabeth Ashley, 2
quint plan, stood inches from pounds, 9 ounces.
• • •
Mary Jo Wilson during the
entire delivery. One week
Quote of the day:
earlier, he was thousands of
"I've watched the greatest
miles away.
sports teams play, the
Dr. Schwartz was in his Thunderbirds in jets and the
native South Africa from best orchestra conductors con-
Dec. 16-30.
duct, but I've never seen
While he was beyond even anything as fine-tuned as
the longest range of Sinai's that."
paging units, he stayed in
—Sinai Acting President
telephone contact with Robert Steinberg referring to
associate Dr. Greg Goyert and the execution of the quint
Mrs. Wilson.
plan.
"I called to see how she was
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