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By unknown | Dec 12, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

Christmas came early for a 24-year-old first-time mother from Inanda township in Durban.

Bongiwe Hlongwane was expecting to give birth to triplets, but she received an unexpected surprise when medical staff discovered that she was carrying four baby boys.

She gave birth at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in Durban by Caesarean section last week.

The babies, born prematurely at eight months, weighed between 1,5kg and 1,8kg. They have all been given a clean bill of health.

The young mother and her boys, named Amahle, Wandile, Sandile and Andile, have been transferred to the King Edward Hospital in Durban.

When Sowetan visited the new mother yesterday she said she was overjoyed.

"I love them and I pray to God to keep them healthy," she said.

Hlongwane said her mother and boyfriend had visited her and were all in love with the babies.

Hlongwane is an unemployed single mother and is concerned about their future.

"I live with my mother who receives and old-age pension of about R700," she said.

"At the moment there are eight of us and now with my babies we will be 12. My boyfriend is also unemployed."

Pat Sishi, the chief nurse at the hospital, said the hospital was trying to develop a fund to help the family.


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