- Virginia Adhiambo went into labour at 31 weeks and was taken to the Nairobi South Hospital where she gave birth to four baby boys
- She developed complications and was taken to the ICU while the babies were fed on formula
- Adhiambo pulled through, but with a bill of R530 000 she had to strike a deal with the hospital to take home two babies and leave the other two
When Virginia Adhiambo Olambo and Charles Kyalo Ndonye had an ultrasound scan of her pregnancy, they looked forward to receiving their four bundles of joy.
The quadruple blessings would, however, become a source of stress and agony when they developed complications during birth.
"I had the best pregnancy. No complications at all. Everything seemed to go on well just until my waters broke before time," she told Briefly.co.za Hillary Lisimba.
Virginia went into labour on February 1 at 31 weeks and was taken to the Nairobi South Hospital where she gave birth to four baby boys; Micah, Jack, Teddy and Malik.
A day after the successful delivery, the new mother developed complications that plunged the entire process into a downward spiral.
"My legs and stomach got swollen, and I got a severe infection that was not responding to medication. With my blood count dropping, I had a blood transfusion and ended up reacting to the blood. That got me into the ICU," she explained."
Given that the smaller of the two weighed below 1.5 kilograms and their mother was not conscious enough to express their milk, they were put on a special formula.
The good news is that Virginia pulled through and not only left ICU but recovered fully enough to be allowed a discharge.
The bad news that at the end of the five weeks of being in the hospital, the bill had accrued to R530 000.
After talking to the hospital's management, the couple was allowed to take home two of the four babies as they seek funds to clear the bill.
"Micah and Teddy are home, but Jack and Malik are still in the hospital. They should be discharged this week if we manage to raise the money, and you see the longer they stay there the higher the bill goes," she lamented.
The family has since been trying to fundraise and are requesting wellwishers to pitch in so that the four babies can be reunited and raised together at home.
Other forms of support could be through diapers and formula, as most of the money they receive goes to the hospital.
"Our Paybill number is 5541617, with the account number being the sender's name," she pleaded.
In other news, a doctor, Kathleen Ackert, has generated massive reactions after sharing a photo of twin babies she helped deliver.
Kathleen said after her feat, she mailed the photo to the doctor, Jonathan Herman, who delivered her 26 years ago, telling him that "a baby you delivered is now delivering babies."
Amazed by the email, Jonathan searched for her contacts on the internet and was able to reach her as they talked on the phone for almost an hour.
Many people found the story an amazing one and were in her comment section to share similar experiences they had in the past.
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