Spotlight on Premature Babies #WorldPrematurityDay

Like any mother, Jacinta Ochieng wanted nothing more than to take her children home, all five of them, even though their birth had surprised her- she thought she had been carrying just one. Instead, she had to watch her babies, born seven weeks premature, die one by one, their fragile under-developed lungs unable to fight off the ravages of pneumonia, writes Joy Wanga Muraya for Daily Nation. World Prematurity Day is a key moment to focus global attention on the leading cause of child deaths under age 5.



Premature babies are born before the 37th week of pregnancy (file photo).