8 February 2013

Namibia: Mother Gives Birth to Triplets

A thirty-year-old mother from Grysblok in Katutura, who would have been blessed with quadruplets had one embryo not died while in the womb, was fortunately blessed with triplets on January 31.

Leonie Kamaundju, a clerk in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism gave birth to a baby boy and two girls at the Windhoek Central Hospital. But her story is not that simple.

A few days before she was to deliver, it was discovered that the fourth embryo had died about four to five weeks while in the womb. Miraculously, that did not affect the health of the other babies or even cause complications during labour.

Mbitjitandjambi (the boy), Ndjerera and Ngutjiua (the girls) were born seven months prematurely, but after four days (on Tuesday), they could go home already. Even though they still weigh less than 2kg, the mother said they were fine and growing fast.

"I was shocked when I heard that I was expecting quadruplets," she said, adding that the father of the children who works outside Windhoek was equally surprised by the news. Kamaundju already has a nine-year old son.

It is not the first time the family has been blessed with multiple births. Her sister also gave birth to quadruplets, while her mother had twins. She said that it is not easy to feed three little mouths on her meager salary and has asked for assistance from individuals and companies.

The mother says the father of the children does not earn much either. At the moment, Kamaundju and the kids live at her mother's house, but she says it would be difficult to raise them there because of limited space.

She is appealing to the National Housing Enterprise (NHE) to assist them with accommodation, even if it only a two-bedroom house.

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