Christmas gives 900 babies to SA

2015-12-28 10:57
Sindisiwe Mlaba bonding with her Christmas baby, Khwesi, who was born at St Anne’s Hopital.

Sindisiwe Mlaba bonding with her Christmas baby, Khwesi, who was born at St Anne’s Hopital. (Thabang Mathebula, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Baby Khwezi Mlaba, who turns three days today, is among more than 900 ­babies across country who blessed their parents with their births on Christmas Day.

KZN accounted for 76 of these babies. Khwezi was delivered at 7.20 am at St Anne’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, weighing 3,19 kg, the hospital’s only Christmas newborn this year.

Her mother Sindisiwe Mlaba (28), from Imbali, said she named her Khwezi (meaning “the star”) because she was born in the morning and was therefore her morning star.

“She is the best Christmas gift ever. I know she is going to be a shining star. Her name says a lot about her and what I wish for her in future,” she said.

Mlaba said the newborn’s brother Mngobi (5) and her father Nkosinathi were very excited at the news of her birth. “They could not wait to see her. She made a joyous Christmas for everyone in the family,” she said.

The happy family were showered with gifts from the hospital. Khwezi and her mother were discharged from the ­hospital yesterday.

Midlands Medical Centre delivered two Christmas babies, 14 were born at Northdale Hospital and one at PMB Mediclinic. Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo encouraged the new mothers to breastfeed their babies for as long as possible, citing the many health ­benefits of the practice.

• thabang.mathebula@witness.co.za

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