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The pain of losing five children at once

Akinyi (R) who lost the five kids.

The five babies who were born at Matata Nursing Home in Oyugis town on Sunday morning are all dead.

Two of them (a boy and a girl) died immediately after birth while the remaining three (two boys and a girl) died this morning at the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital, where they had been taken for care.

The quintuplet had to be put under incubator since they were prematurely born.

This is what compelled the 30-year-old Jacintah Akinyi-(mother) to transfer to Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital.

Reports from the hospital health officials indicate that the babies suffered pneumonia and other birth- related complications before their arrival at the facility.

Hospital Matron Florence Ogero said the deaths were caused by “disseminated cardiovascular collapse”— complications related to the heart and blood vessels.

She said Ms Akinyi might have skipped antenatal visits due to her poor background.

Jacinta Akinyi delivered on Sunday morning at Matata Nursing Home in Oyugis town, Rachuonyo South Sub County.

The casual labourer is married to Josephat Okumu, a cane cutter at Sukary Industry Ltd in Ndhiwa.

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