Councillor Freddy Ngomane (middle) with parents Edward Khoza and Prudence Khumalo and their triplets. Photo by Elizabeth Langa
A pregnant woman who had gone to hospital to with the hope of giving birth to a bouncing baby has ended up receiving a pleasant surprise.
The woman identified as Prudence Khumalo was looking forward to giving birth to her bundle of joy, but little did she know that a big shock awaited her in the delivery room.
According to Daily SUN SA, after about an hour in labour, out came the baby – then another ... and another!
Prudence, 37, of Joe Slovo, near Komatipoort in Mpumalanga, South Africa, was shocked when the doctor, after pulling out the first baby, pulled out another bundle. With tears of joy and exhaustion in her eyes, Prudence felt blessed for having given birth to twins.
“But then the doctor told me that it was not over yet,” she said. “He still wanted me to push. He said there was still another baby. I could not believe it. I had been carrying triplets and I did not even know.”
Prudence said she did not attend prenatal care at the clinic as regularly as she should, so she did not know she was carrying triplets. She only started attending when she was eight months pregnant. She was sent to Tonga Hospital for a thorough check-up on Tuesday, and that was when her waters broke.
Her husband Edward Khoza, 37, said they had prepared for one baby, and had already decided on names if it was a boy or girl. But now they have three. The girls are named Minenhle, Langelihle and Amahle.
The blessing, however, comes with its own set of problems.
The couple are both unemployed, and say it is a daily struggle to feed themselves and their other two kids.