South Africa celebrates rare quintuplets

Clinix Health Group CEO, Dr Khamane ‘Kop’ Matseke says the hospital has delivered on its commitment to providing quality, affordable healthcare to peri-urban communities.

South Africans are celebrating the birth of quintuplets at a hospital near the main city of Johannesburg.

The Buthelezi children are only the fifth set of quins born in South Africa since 1960, Clinix Health Group, which runs the hospital where they were born, says.

According to Clinix, “the five children named as Siyanda, Sibahle, Simesihle, Silindile and Sindisiwe were born at 30 weeks, in other words, 10 weeks early. But this is not unusual for multiple births.’’

Each of the babies was more than a kilogram at birth and they are now breathing on their own and are steadily gaining weight.

“Best practice tells us with these factors on our side, the babies have the best chance of survival,” lead physician Dr Moeng Pitsoe said.

“We expect that these quintuplets will be the first set [in South Africa] where all survive and steadily achieve their developmental milestones,” he added.

The babies will be able to leave hospital after they reach 2kg.

One charity is already trying to raise funds to help pay for all those nappies and other expenses.


Mercy Chukwudiebere