Young Rachuonyo mum loses all her five newborn babies in three days

A nurse at Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital attends to two of the five newborns [Photo: Sammy Omingo]
  • A mother from Rachuonyo who had been blessed with quintuplets, has lost them all
  • Ms Jacinta Akinyi’s surviving children succumbed at the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital
  • The Children had been born at Matata Nursing Home in HomaBay County

Everyone knows that labor and birth are painful, but the most heart wrenching part is losing all your children a few days after giving birth.

Jacinta Akinyi who hails from Kachieng’ Bongu Village in Rachuonya South Sub County and married to Josephat Okumu, a cane cutter at Sukari Industry Limited in Dhiwa, gave birth to quintuplets on Sunday in Oyugis, Homa Bay County has lost all her five new born children.

Her joy turned into sorrow on Tuesday after her three surviving children succumbed at the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital. The doctor said that they were suffering from pneumonia.

The other two had earlier died shortly after birth on Sunday morning at Matata Nursing Home in Oyugis.

The Hospital Matron, Ms. Ogero said the deaths were caused by disseminated cardiovascular collapse noting that the mother might have missed antenatal visits.

Ms Ogero added that some of the infants were born underweight and that might have put them on a higher risk of more complications leading to their premature deaths.

Miss Akinyi has other four children with the oldest being in class five, she expected to give birth to her fifth child but instead she was blessed with five more.

‘’We still thank God in all this. We leave all this to him,’’ She told the Nation.

According to UNICEF, pneumonia remains the leading infectious cause of death among children under five, killing 2,500 children a day.

Pneumonia accounted for 15 per cent of all under-five deaths and killed 920,000 children in 2015. Most of its victims were less than 2 years old.

For most children around the world, pneumonia and diarrhea are easily prevented and managed illnesses with simple and effective interventions that are rarely life threatening.