Tears give way to joy as city teacher gives birth to triplets

2011-03-10 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG couple have described their joy at becoming parents to triplets.

The threesome were born on March 1 in Pietermaritzburg Medi-Clinic, the first set in over two years at the hospital.

Two of the babies, a boy and a girl, went home yesterday.

The remaining baby girl, who weighs just 1,1kg, is in the neonatal intensive care unit at Medi-Clinic and will remain there until she weighs 1,8 kg.

Mother Thabsile Madibi (38), a teacher, said she was really excited and nervous at the same time when the doctor told her that she was carrying three babies.

“There’s no history of twins in my family; that’s why I was just shocked at first,” Thabsile said.

She also relayed how difficult it was to be pregnant while her husband Thomas (40), who works in the United Kingdom as a psychiatric nurse, was not around.

“I used to cry every day on the phone when he called me. I didn’t know how I was going to cope,” Thabsile admitted.

Thomas, who is currently on paternity leave, arrived home a day after the triplets were born.

He said, “You always see people having multiple births, but you never think it can happen to you. I wished I was there to cuddle her, hold her hand and reassure her that everything was going to be fine.”

The couple are planning to move their whole family to the UK next year with their five-year-old son. And Thomas has already found an extra job to make sure that his big family does not go hungry.

“All I want is for my children to grow up and be educated,” she said.

Thabsile said she feels lucky that she has her mother to help her. “It felt good to be a celebrity for five minutes,” she admitted jokingly after the snapshots.

The babies blinked as the cameraman tried different poses.

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