12 November 2017

Kenya: Joy as Woman Gives Birth to 5 Babies in Homa Bay

Photo: Magati Obebo/The Nation
Jacinta Ochieng', who lost all her five babies, speaks to the Nation at Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital on November 14, 2017.

Nairobi — A woman on Sunday morning gave birth to quintuplets of five children in Homa Bay County, one of the rare cases reported in the country.

The 30-year-old woman identified as Jacintah Akinyi first gave birth to two boys at her home in Kachieng East Kamagak in Kasipul Sub County. They both died.

When she complained of pain, she was rushed to Matata Nursing Home in Oyugis town and gave birth to two girls and a boy on Sunday morning.

According to John Malago, the director at the hospital, the woman did not attend any clinic throughout her pregnancy.

"This woman started delivering at home, by the time she arrived at this hospital, she had two babies that had passed on. She managed to give birth to three other children, they are well though we have transferred them to Kisii for specialized treatment," he said.

She told doctors that this was her sixth pregnancy and she already has four children back home. A baby died in her fifth pregnancy.

Malago has told Capital FM News that the woman gave birth to the quintuplets before her due date, with all the children weighing between 1.6 to 1.9 kilograms.

The world's first quintuplet that lived to adulthood was reported in Ontario, Canada and were popularly known as The Dionne sisters born in 1934.

The five identical sisters are the first quintuplets known to have survived their infancy to adulthood.

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