Greytown mother of twins delivers identical triplets

2009-12-09 00:00

A TRIPLE blessing. That is what the Maphumulos are saying after the birth of their identical baby girls yesterday.

One thing is clear: life as they know it will never be the same again, consi­dering that they have three other children at home, two of whom are sevenyear-old twins.

The Greytown couple, who are both teachers, welcomed a healthy set of triplets born at 11.05 am, 11.06 am and 11.08 am at Midlands Hospital.

Mthembeni Maphumulo was a proud and satisfied daddy at the advent of the newest additions to his brood as he sat beside his tired-looking wife, Bongiwe.

“I grew up with four sisters and I was the only boy.

“I always told myself I just wanted two boys,” he said with a smile.

But to any onlooker, it was easy to tell that the girls had already melted their way into their dad’s heart.

Both Maphumulo and his wife come from big families with a background of twins.

According to Maphumulo, Bongiwe is one of eight siblings. Two of her sisters and a brother have twins. The siblings that came straight after Maphumulo were twins, but the boy-twin died.

The couple vowed that the names they decide upon won’t be the typical “sound alike” names as is customary for twins or triplets.

Surprisingly, the identical triplets were carried to full term and were born in order of their weight.

The first baby was 2,8kg, the second weighed 2,6kg, and the last triplet tipped the scales at 2,5kg.

Rowena Naidoo, one of the two midwives there to deliver the babies, and the unit manager, said the deliveries went well, without any complications.

“The mom has been very strong. She has been awake the whole time since the deliveries.

“We just gave her something for pain. She literally carried between 8 to 9kg before the births and she did not have to be admitted early either,” said Naidoo.

The babies were from one placenta.

The Maphumulos are expected to take their babies home on Friday.

The rest of their brood is yet to see their sisters, and according to their dad, they all have been looking forward to it.

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