Mom births triplets at Stanger Hospital

2018-05-30 06:01

THREE healthy baby boys were born to 31 year-old Owethu Macebo from Darnall at the Stanger Hospital last week.

Macebo heaped praise on the medical staff who helped her deliver safely and took care of her and her triplets.

Macebo, who has a family history of multiple births - mostly twins - was admitted to hospital a month in advance and was placed under the close supervision of doctors, awaiting the arrival of her babies.
Thirty three weeks into her pregnancy, Macebo underwent a Caesarean section on Wednesday, May 16 and gave birth to the three boys, Esakhe, Wenzile, Ibonile, weighing in at 1,75kg, 1,7kg and 1,5kg respectively.

According to doctors, had the pregnancy entered its 34th week, it would have placed her at high risk due to challenges with the slow growth rate of her triplets.

“I’m very grateful to everyone who helped me deliver. Even at the maternity ward where I’ve been for a whole month, I’ve had a very good stay. I’m very thankful,” said Macebo.

it was also a milestone for the doctor who lead the delivery, 30 year-old Dr Mpilo Zimu.

Dr Zimu lead the obstetric, neonatal, and anesthetics teams who delivered the triplets, his first ever delivery of triplets.

He was assisted by paediatrician specialists Dr Heloise Goodfellow, Dr Victor Olujobi, and Dr Nalisu Mazubane.

“It was more of a team effort,” Dr Zimu said.

“I was working with the consultants, and it happened that on that day, I was one of the doctors allocated for theatre. Obviously, they were delivered a bit pre-term so we had to be careful in terms of how we deliver them because it’s small babies, and whether they’re presenting head or buttocks first. That plays a role. But I wasn’t alone. There were other doctors who were there as well.

“It was my first time delivering triplets. It was a good experience, but it wasn’t different from any other Caesarean section. The only difference was the number of babies that were coming out. I would like to say congratulations to the team, and to the consultants for making a decision to deliver on time. It was a successful operation and the mother is fine.”

KZN Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo congratulated the team from Stanger Hospital for a job well done.

“We are very excited. We want to congratulate the family, and the hospital that these triplets were born at 33 weeks, which is not really the time of giving birth. You still need another month to go, but something happened and these babies were born. To be born with a small weight, and early in life like that, at a hospital with the best facilities is another thing that is wonderful. We are confident, in fact certain, that these triplets will do well at Stanger Hospital, because this facility has one of the best neonatal care units.”

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