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  • Updated: February 02, 2023

Kenyan Couple Loses Five Babies Hours After Birth

Kenyan Couple Loses Five Babies Hours After Birth

Margaret Wairimu delivered Quintuplets at the Margaret Kenyatta Mother and Baby wing of the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital.

All the five babies born at Nakuru Level Five Hospital on Wednesday are dead, the family has confirmed.

The first child is claimed to have passed away on Wednesday night, while the others are said to have passed away on Thursday.

"It is unfortunate we have received the reports. We have nothing to say because it is God who gave us and He has taken them," Monica Kinyanjui family representative who is sister to the babies' father told the media. 

Kinyanjui claimed that immediately after the family's early-morning hospital visit, they learned that two of the quintuplets had died.

"Unfortunately, we got the news about the rest at around 1 pm)," she said.

Kinyanjui thanked the well-wishers who showed up to support the family on Wednesday, urging them to continue doing the same.

"I want to thank the well-wishers who came to support my brother and his babies.

"I urge them, now that unfortunately, the babies are not here anymore, to continue helping the young family," she said.

The five babies were delivered prematurely and were incubated at Nakuru Level 5 Hospital's Margaret Kenyatta Mother and Baby ward.

Aisha Maina, the hospital's Medical Superintendent, stated on Wednesday that the four girls and one boy weighed between 500 and 650 grams.

She stated that the mother, Margaret Wangui, 25, was in stable condition and would be freed after the infants reached the appropriate body weight.

Wangui, according to Maina, visited the hospital's outpatient wing on January 29 due to pain.

"On checking her, the medics realised that she had multiple pregnancies," Maina said.

Wangui was then admitted for observation, according to the Superintended, due to her high-risk pregnancy.

The expectant mother's anguish was excruciating at the time, forcing medics to perform an emergency Caesarian Section to save her and the twins.

"The babies were delivered at seven months and have to be incubated for survival," Maina said.

The family said the parents will receive counselling following the loss.

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