- Christine Mulongo from Kwale county, Kenya was surprised when she learned she would deliver four babies and not three
- The 25-year-old woman gave birth to two girls and two boys, namely Mary, Magdalene, Joseph and James, at Sisters of St. Joseph Catholic Hospital
- She had borne three other children before, and as a mum of seven; she expressed the challenges of raising more kids
An expectant mother from Kwale county, Kenya has delivered quadruplets at Sisters of St. Joseph Catholic Hospital.
Christine Mulongo expected to deliver triplets as earlier indicated by a scan.
She started experiencing early pains a month before her due date, which saw her rushed to the hospital when she received good but shocking news.
It was too late
She said officials wanted to refer her to another hospital when they realised she would deliver four babies.
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"I told them it was too late because I could feel contractions. That is when they decided to help me deliver,” she stated as reported by Nation Africa.
I could not believe it
After delivering her first three babies, Mulongo thought all was over until her midwife asked her to touch her belly.
“She asked me to touch my stomach and I could feel there was one more baby. I could not believe it and I even insisted that I had only been told that I was carrying triplets."
Mulongo's quadruplets Mary, Magdalene, Joseph and James weighed 1.3kilogrammes, 1.6 kilogrammes, 0.9kilogrammes and 1.1kilogrammes after birth and had to be transferred to Msambweni Referral Hospital for further medical attention.
Blessings and burdens
Mulongo and her husband, Edward Kiroro, said that taking care of the quadruplets would be a challenge despite the wonderful blessings of the bundles of joy.
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They were parents to three other children, and the cost of raising the kids, buying diapers and more bottles of milk formula is high.
I can't support my kids
Mulongo said her breastmilk was not enough for her four babies and would need to add the milk formula to satisfy her kids.
The 25-year-old added that she needed at least three diapers every three hours.
Mulongo's 42-year-old husband Kiroro had stopped working after being attacked and injured by a gang.
“I cannot support my own children. I would have worked harder, but the injury on my hand is still fresh and this is deterring me from working to raise enough money,” he mentioned.
Nigerian NGO donates to triplets in Ogun
In a related story, Legit.ng reported that a Nigerian NGO visited the family of Kabir Owoyemi and donated the sum of N1m to the triplets.
The NGO is identified as Givers Supportive Foundation and is well-known for such acts of great kindness.
The organisation said it got wind of the situation in the Owoyemi family through a Facebook tag and had to do something to intervene.
Apart from the monetary donation, there were other goodies including some money for the opening of bank accounts for the children.