In Summary
  • The casual labourer is married to Mr Zephaniah Ongwoyo, a cane cutter at Sukari Industry Ltd in Ndhiwa.
  • They have four children aged 12, 11, 10 and 8 years old, who were delivered at home without complications.

She fell into a state of confusion and had to be counselled by nurses at the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital where she had been admitted together with her three infants, having already lost the first two shortly after birth.

Ms Jacinta Akinyi, 30, the mother of the quintuplets, was besides herself with grief as she contemplated the loss of her five newborns.

One of the infants died at about 11pm on Sunday night.

IN PAIN

The other two died Tuesday morning at around 6am.

The first two, who were born at home, had died at Matata Nursing Hospital in Oyugis Sub-County on Sunday morning, an hour after being born.

The deaths at Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital brought to a close the chapter of a birth story of five babies hailed as miraculous.

When the Nation visited Ms Akinyi in hospital, she appeared calm, but nurses informed us that she was undergoing psychological torture.

“The pain of losing five angels delivered through the normal way is overwhelming,” a nurse who had been taking care of the woman said.

MIRACLE

Ms Akinyi put on a brave face, but her frail tone while speaking revealed her feelings.

She was a sad woman, struggling to come to terms with reality. She walked into the hospital with three babies and later in the day she was left empty handed.

She described the news of her babies’ deaths as saddening.

“I was happy that I had delivered five babies. I felt blessed, But they have all gone. I certainly feed sad, very sad,” she said.

FAMILY
She, however, said it was God’s will.

The casual labourer is married to Mr Zephaniah Ongwoyo, a cane cutter at Sukari Industry Ltd in Ndhiwa.

The pair hail from Kachieng’ Bongu village in Homa Bay County.

They have four children aged 12, 11, 10 and 8 years old, who were delivered at home without complications.

“Like any other mother who loses her baby, I feel sad, very sad but I leave it to God. I could not do much on my own,” the deeply religious mother said while sobbing.

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