Twins surprise mom at home

2012-04-12 00:00

A MOTHER who did not know she was expecting twins, safely delivered two healthy babies — one in breach position — at her home in Newcastle, with the help of a very nervous neighbour.

Mother of three boys, Nicolette Maharaj was in her eighth month of pregnancy but had no idea that she was carrying twins.

“I started getting pains on Monday night but didn’t make anything of it because I was still a month away from my due date,” she said.

By mid-morning on Tuesday Maharaj realised that she was in labour.

“My husband had left for work and two of my sons were at home,” she said.

Maharaj said that they called for an ambulance. As the labour pains intensified, her neighbour Nicole Puncham came to her aid.

Puncham recalled the emotional turmoil she experienced upon realising that she would have to help with the delivery.

“My entire body was shaking with fear; I didn’t know what to do. The baby was in breach position and I was afraid of making a mistake and causing harm,” she said.

Relying on intuition, Puncham managed to safely deliver the baby despite the breach position. Much to the surprise of Maharaj and Puncham, a second baby then emerged.

“When Nicole told me there was a second baby I went into shock. I didn’t know I was expecting twins,” exclaimed Maharaj.

Netcare senior operational paramedic Phillip Hurter said he received a call from Sergeant Faizel Valli of the K9 Unit who was at the scene.

“I arrived minutes after the babies were born. I cut the umbilical cord and checked that they were fine and breathing,” said Hurter adding that Sergeant Valli should be heralded as a hero for responding quickly to the call and assisting with the birth.

“If not for his quick response, the twins might not have survived.”

Holding her precious bundles in her arms mere minutes after they were born, the calm mother said she had always wanted a girl and was blessed to have two now.

Maharaj and her twin girls have since been admitted to the Newcastle Provincial Hospital.

Speaking from the hospital, she said that they were all doing fine and would be released in a day or two. For now, the twins remain unnamed.

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