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2 Frustaci Babies Improve but Remain Seriously Ill

The two most-critically ill of the surviving Frustaci septuplets showed slight improvement Saturday, doctors at Childrens Hospital of Orange County reported.

Doctors said James, the smallest of the five surviving babies, remained the sickest. His sister, Bonnie, also remained seriously ill.

“They have showed slight improvement,” a hospital statement said.

The other three babies--Patricia, Stephen and Richard--have continued to show daily improvement and are expected to grow to a normal childhood.

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All five babies are technically listed in critical condition and will remain so as long as they are dependent on respirators. All five suffer from hyaline membrane disease, a lung disease common to babies born prematurely.

Meanwhile, the infants’ parents, Samuel and Patti Frustaci of Riverside, are scheduled to be interviewed Monday morning on all three morning network news shows. Because of the time difference with New York, the couple will begin the live interviews about 4 a.m.

The same day of the interviews, People magazine will feature the Frustacis in a first-person account of the birth of septuplets.

A People official said the magazine will run 10 pages of its story with the Frustacis, who sold exclusive rights to the story to the magazine.

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