- The Buthelezi quintuplets are doing well and gaining weight by the day
- Gauteng has assigned social workers to help the family cope
- Social Development MEC visited the 4 girls and 1 boy over the weekend
The Buthelezi quintuplets who were born in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, on 6 September are doing well.
As Briefly.co.za earlier reported, the five babies were born prematurely at 30 weeks. Their parents, Joe and Prudence Buthelezi, named them Siyanda, Sibahle, Simesihle, Silindile and Sindisiwe.
Despite their premature births, doctors told EWN that the babies are gaining weight rapidly and breathing on their own.
Gauteng's Social Development MEC, Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, paid the four girls and one boy a visit over the weekend.
She said her department has assigned social workers to help the family cope with what she termed an "emotional rollercoaster."
Mayathula-Khoza explained the gesture:
This we do because we know that it can help to know that you are not alone and that there is a shoulder you can cry on as you experience the rollercoaster of emotions that comes with Higher Order Multiples.
Dr Moeng Pitsoe, who delivered the quintuplets, said they will be discharged from hospital once they attain a weight of 2kg each.
This will likely be at the end of October, he added. They were born at roughly 1kg each.
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