The mother of one from Kariti Village, Kandara Sub County in Murang’a on Saturday stunned Gaichanjiru Mission Hospital staff when she delivered quadruplets through caesarean operation.
Lucy Wangari, 35, was shocked after learning that she had delivered four babies wondering how she would feed them since the couple was unemployed. The infants are still incubated while the mother remains admitted in the facility
As Wangari acknowledged the blessing, she lamented that she will be unable to breastfeed the four infants adequately and will need formula milk which she cannot afford.
My husband is a casual worker and we cannot afford to buy formula milk for the four babies and I request for well-wishers to support us, she appealed.
She however lauded the government for the free maternity services dubbed ‘Linda Mama Initiative’ saying she could not have afforded to pay for caesarean expenses.
Wangari’s husband Mr. Simon Murigi stated that he could not believe his eyes when doctors performed a scan on his wife, revealing that she was carrying four babies a few months ago.
He termed the incident as a shock reflecting that in their family there is no one who delivered twins.
Ahadi Kenya Trust Director Dr. Stanley Kamau who visited the family on Sunday pledged to support the mother and her infants in the next one year.
Kamau further promised to employ a nanny to help the mother bring up her infants saying the children were a blessing to the local community.
My organization will also help to initiate an income generating project for the young family so as to help them raise funds to educate their children, added Kamau.
The anti-jigger campaigner noted that he will consult with the local administration to have the family enrolled in NHIF so that the children will have access to health care.
He said it was encouraging to see government initiatives such as the Linda Mama programme reaching people in the grassroots.
The doctor in charge of the hospital Pius Opendi noted that the mission hospital signed a contract with the government to start offering free maternity services barely a year ago and that over 400 women have benefited so far.
The programme has come in handy now that nurses are on strike in public hospitals forcing expectant mothers to flock our facility, Opendi said. The doctor observed that the couple would need a kilogrmme of formula milk every two days at a cost of 1,000.
Source: Kenya News Agency