Burial plans underway

2019-08-08 06:02
Luleka Mafenuka and her daughter Inga Mafenuka who gave birth to quadruplets last year has lost one of her babies.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Luleka Mafenuka and her daughter Inga Mafenuka who gave birth to quadruplets last year has lost one of her babies.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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Funeral arrangements are underway for the burial of one of the Mafenuka quadruplets tomorrow, Friday 9 August, following his untimely death last week.

According to the family, Bubele died on Thursday after “suffering diarrhoea”. And the family is still puzzled by his death since none of the famous four children had ever shown signs of sickness in over a year.

The quads, Buchule, Bungcono, Bunono and Bubele, made headlines when they were born at Tygerberg Hospital in July last year. They collectively weighed 3,85 kg, with the smallest weighing 830g.

After spending over a month in hospital they were discharged, with the smallest weighing just over 1,5kg and the biggest at just over 2 kg. Last month, the family celebrated as they turned one. However, that joy was short-lived with the passing of Bubele a few days later.

A visibly heartbroken mother, Inga Mafenuka, refused to speak about her child’s death as she battled to hold back the tears.

Bubele’s grandmother Luleka Mafenuka said the toddler had diarrhoea on Wednesday but they gave him medication to try and end it.

“He woke up during the night crying and we fed him since he loved food we thought he might be hungry,” she said.

She said they were going to take him to the doctor the following day which was Thursday.

Luleka said after calling for an ambulance they decided they can’t wait for it and so they asked the ward 18 councillor Ntomboxolo Kopman to take them instead and she agreed. She said when they got to the clinic they were told that he Bubele had already passed on.

The sad grandmother said ever since the quads were born they had never given them any problems health-wise and that none of them had ever been admitted to hospital.

“This was the first time any of them got sick. We really do not know what caused this, the only time they went to the clinic was when they went for check-ups,” said Luleka.

She said they are hoping to bury Bubele this Friday but their funeral policy is not willing to give them money because they say Bubele was not registered correctly.

She said if the policy does not pay up they do not know how they will bury their child because no one is working at home.

“I would accept any help I can get to help bury my grandchild,” she said.

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