KZN mother expecting twins delivers triplets on the roadside

By Khatija Nxedlana
01 June 2017

Paramedics said it was only when they felt her stomach that they realized there was a third baby.

A 27-year-old mother from an informal dwelling in the Mkholome area near Marburg on the KZN south coast went into labour on the roadside early on Saturday morning.

She alerted a neighbour who called the paramedics for help.

The Mercury reports that the neighbour helped walk her to the main road as it would be difficult for the ambulance to get to her.

“When we got there, I lay on my back on a blanket and the first baby immediately came out,” the paper quoted her as saying.

When senior paramedic Stanley Zulu and another crew member Siboniso Khuzwayo arrived, the first baby girl had already been born. They assisted Sthandiwe Madlokovu with the delivery of the other two baby girls.

“She was just as surprised as we were that she was having triplets because all along, she thought she was expecting twins,” says Stanley.

He says it was when they felt her stomach that they realized there was a third baby.

KZN Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo has praised the emergency medical services staff.

“Delivering a baby is not for the faint-hearted. It can be a complex process under the best of circumstances. To help someone who was expecting twins deliver triplets safely, outside a health facility, is extra-ordinary. We salute them,” Dhlomo said.

Stanley, who’s worked for the KZN health department for two years said throughout the delivery, their biggest concern was to keep the cold at bay.

He said “due to the extremely cold environment, we just wrapped them up and make sure they were comfortable.”

The babies and mother were taken to hospital where they were given a clean bill of health.

She named the girls, Owami, Okuhle and Olona.

Grateful to the paramedics, she said, “I want them to know wherever they are that I am very grateful for the help that I received from them. May God bless them.”

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