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By Boitumelo Tshehle | Apr 30, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 103 ]

ONE of her dreams was to have children when she became an adult, but she never expected to be a mother of six at the age of 27.

Rebecca Phejane, of Setlopo village in Mahikeng, North West, gave birth to healthy triplets on Wednesday at Mahikeng Provincial Hospital, adding another set of triplets to the ones she already has.

She says she feels blessed to be a mother of six at her age, but wonders if she will cope.

Phejane is unemployed and lives with her unemployed mother.

She will rely on the state child grant and the father of her triplets, who is a contract worker at Impala Platinum Mine, to support her triplets.

Her bundle of joy, Omphile, Olerato and Omolemo - two girls and a boy - were delivered, weighing over two kilograms each. They were pronounced normal and healthy.

Her other four-year-old triplets, Oratile, Onthatile and Letlotlo - also two girls and a boy - did not have complications when they were born.

Phejane said she was expecting one child during her second pregnancy but, to her surprise, her gynaecologist told her she was carrying another set of triplets.

"I did not know how to react. I knew I was struggling to support my first ones and I did not want to go through that pain and suffering again," the mother of six said.

Phejane, who still walks with difficulty, said: "There is no rest. There is no mama. I am feeling sick this time. It's all about the babies."

Her doctor, Dr Mahommad Saeed Mather, said: "Phejane's case was very rare and one in a million."

He said most of the cases of multiple babies were as a result of artificialinsemination.

Mather said to produce three eggs at the same time was amazing, but to produce them again at the second pregnancy was a miracle.

"Naturally conceived triples are rare, but having a second set is extremely rare. Rebecca is blessed to have this ability to produce three eggs during ovulation and also to have delivered three healthy normal babies," Mather said.

He said had it not been for Phejane's early visit to him, the children could have suffered complications.

"Thanks to early ultrasound screening, I was able to detect the triplets and monitor their progress thereafter," the gynaecologist said.

Phejane only studied up to matric and wants to study further. She is looking for any help to raise her children.

"It does not have to be money, I need physical help and if someone has disposable nappies or formula milk or clothes to donate, I would appreciate it," the mother of six appealed.

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- ubusisiwe esifazaneni

Apr 30, 2012 9:51 | 0 replies

Lady? u r one fertile woman. whats ur secret?

Apr 30, 2012 12:20 | 0 replies

Tjo...what a blessing you have, just take care of those kids, if possible find an urgency for advertising, and you wont have any prop. whom do we contact for donations?

Apr 30, 2012 12:25 | 0 replies

this is big..............

Apr 30, 2012 12:25 | 0 replies

Lucky you-you are so blessed...but you dont need disposal nappies or formula milk, you need a job my sister. I just wonder why had another pregnancy after the triplets while you were not working and struggling.

Apr 30, 2012 12:55 | 0 replies

where is the father(s)? is he working and why doesn't he comment?

Apr 30, 2012 1:18 | 0 replies

children are gift from god mare if you had 3 for the first time and you were struggiling so y go for more

Apr 30, 2012 1:21 | 0 replies

god will provide dont worry dear

Apr 30, 2012 1:22 | 0 replies

aaagg maan where is my comment

Apr 30, 2012 1:44 | 0 replies

Geez Mo$adi you can produce man ke go rolela futshe. Those are real blessings mara only if o ne o afforda. The sad part ke gore you are only 27 and unemployed with a set of triplets already so what were you thinking o itlogella to fall pregnant again under given circumstances --- aag c'mon man sometimes le diega go nagana waitse.

Anyway, I wish everything goes well, kwata eo ya gago e go sapote, le ska tlo tlisa bana ba Modimo mo lefatsheng go tlo ba sotla, nxa.

Apr 30, 2012 2:2 | 0 replies

elasticity gone *shame*

Apr 30, 2012 2:4 | 0 replies