The St. Charles Lwanga Buikwe Hospital witnesses the birth of triplets

6. 8. 2022

The St. Charles Lwanga Buikwe Hospital witnesses the birth of triplets

Sarah comes from Buikwe, a poor rural region in the southeast part of Uganda. The news that she was expecting a baby brought joy to her entire family.

What’s more, during a visit to the local health facility, the midwife told the parents that Sarah was carrying twins. That might have come as no surprise since Sarah’s husband Siraj has a twin brother himself.

To ensure the well-being of both the mother and the babies, delivery was arranged to take place in a healthcare facility. Since the St. Charles Lwanga Buikwe Hospital has the best reputation in the region, when the babies were about to enter this world, the parents set out for Buikwe. They used a motorcycle to travel a distance of 65 kilometers and arrived at the hospital at two o’clock in the morning.

The staff examined the mom-to-be and assured her that a Caesarean section would not be necessary. The next morning at eight o’clock, Sarah delivered the first baby, a boy weighing 2.2 kilograms, then a girl weighing 2.1 kilograms, and finally, to the parents‘ surprise, another boy weighing 2.1 kilograms. Because the last of the triplets was very frail, a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, acquired thanks to donations from Czech donors, had to be used to save his life.

Sarah was exhausted, but endlessly happy to see her three children safe and sound.

The hospital staff helped the family by providing milk, clothing, and mosquito nets. Two months later, they visited the family in their home and brought more gifts – clothing, food, and financial assistance the staff collected to help the large family.

„We are grateful to donors from the Czech Republic whose contributions allow the hospital to keep running and procuring the necessary equipment,“ wrote Dr. David Silver Wambi, Director of the St. Charles Lwanga Buikwe Hospital. „It is thanks to your generosity that we have the qualified staff and instruments needed to handle complicated cases of child delivery. Without the CPAP machine, incubators, a concentrator, heart rate monitors, and other instruments and equipment, we would be unable to care for the lives and health of thousands of mothers and newborns. Thank you for your solidarity!“

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