Quadruplets weigh down Kiambu woman

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 12:00 |
Eunice Wambui, a middle-aged woman from Makongeni village of Thika in Kiambu county. Photo/PD/CLEMENT KAMAU

When Eunice Wambui, a middle-aged woman from Makongeni village of Thika in Kiambu County went for her last morphology, a detailed ultrasound scan that scrutinises a baby’s body and observes the position of the placenta among other features, results revealed she was carrying a twin pregnancy.

However, after nine months of battling with a myriad challenges that come with pregnancy, Wambui was unpredictably blessed with quadruplets.

The casual labourer successfully gave birth to the three girls and a boy on Saturday through a caesarian section immediately after she was admitted to St Matia Mulumba Mission Hospital in Thika.

Unfortunately, one of the girls succumbed due to exhaustion moments after delivery leaving the rest in a stable condition.

Among the three, a boy and a girl weigh 2kg each while one of the girls weighs 1.9kg.

“We received Wambui as an emergency where upon taking her to the theatre, four infants were extracted among whom one succumbed to exhaustion while the rest are breastfeeding well,” Regina Wambui Nderitu, the head of reproductive health department at the hospital told journalists.

According to Wambui, the journey has had its equal challenges since she has been relying on washing clothes in households for income while her husband is a tout at Makongeni Bus Stage.

“We had not planned for four children and it is indeed a shock to us even as we thank God for the blessing. My last scan revealed that I was carrying two babies,” Wambui told journalists at her hospital bed.

The couple that lives in a single-roomed house at an informal settlement in the vast sub county said they cannot manage to sustain the needs of the children due to financial challenges.

Njomo Kiogora, the husband said his nature of work is not fulfilling as he only manages to put food on the table besides paying house rent.

“It’s a task that will require me to go an extra mile to make ends meet. If there are well-wishers out there who can help me bring up the children, we will appreciate it as a family,” he said.

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