New year babies thrill KZN parents

2014-01-02 00:00

WEIGHING in at 3,1 kg, little Sthabile Thusi was the very first baby to be born on New Year’s Day in Pietermaritzburg.

She arrived at five minutes past midnight at Northdale Hospital.

By 3 pm yesterday, 58 babies — 30 boys and 28 girls — had been born in KwaZulu-Natal hospitals, according to Health Department spokesperson Sam Mkhwanazi.

Sthabile’s mother, Lungile (27) from Copesville, who also has a five-year-old daughter, Siphokazi, was delighted with the latest addition to her family and told The Witness, “It’s very special to have a New Year’s baby”.

To mark the occasion, nursing staff at Northdale Hospital prepared a special gift basket for the newborn. Sthabile was one of four new arrivals at the hospital on Jan­uary 1.

The first baby to be born at Mediclinic was Ethan Manillal, who was born at 1.20 am. Proud first-time parents Avinaach and Namita Manillal from Northdale said the birth had come earlier than expected. Ethan, who weighs 2,9 kg, was due on January 3.

Another first-time mother, Purity Ntuli (24) from Dambuza, gave birth to a baby girl, Alwande, at 7.35 am at Edendale Hospital. The baby, who weighs 2,7 kg, was another early arrival.

While she may have been due on Jan­uary 9, her mom said she was thrilled to have a New Year’s baby.

And like Sthabile at Northdale, Alwande and her mum received a gift from the staff, which included a large pink teddy bear.

Little Alwande was one of nine newborns at the hospital when The Witness visited the maternity ward, but staff said they were expecting to welcome up to 15 new babies by the end of January 1.

At Midlands Medical Centre, the staff were celebrating the birth of Melokuhle Mbanjwa, who was born at 7.35 am and weighed 2,8 kg. He is the first baby for Nomfundo Mbanjwa, who lives near Table Mountain.

Speaking about her little bundle of joy, she said, “He was a real surprise because we only expected to have him on Jan­uary 18, but I’m so happy he was born today because my mom, Ninji, was also born on January the first.”

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