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Our tale of love and loss: my triplets survived but my sister's quads all died

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Simon and Merwede van Tonder with their triplets – (from left) Zelke, Madené and Amiah. (PHOTO: ER Lombard)
Simon and Merwede van Tonder with their triplets – (from left) Zelke, Madené and Amiah. (PHOTO: ER Lombard)

It was a double delight when they discovered they were expecting. For six long years, the sisters had tried everything to fall pregnant. Then, at last, the happy tiding: one was expecting triplets, the other quadruplets.

Merelda Verster and Merwede van Tonder had always dreamt of raising their kids at the same time and were overjoyed. But the path to parenthood would end in tragedy for one of the sisters.

Merelda and her husband, Johandré, were expecting quadruplets when she went into early labour. Their babies – Miné, Zian, Hanke and Luka – were born prematurely at just 22 weeks.

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