Babies are blessings but when they come in triplicates they can be a source or real trouble in a family.
A family in Witeithie estate in the outskirts of Thika town is now living in a dilemma and lamenting the birth of three children delivered through a successful caesarian operation at Thika level 5 hospital two weeks ago.
Irene Museno and Patrick Kasese Ngao were initially expecting twins but to their surprise, there was a third one complicating the equation for the peasant couple.
Speaking at their single room house at Witeithie, the couple lamented that the bundles of joy were causing them sleepless nights as they could not afford to feed the children with the mandatory formula milk as the mother was unable to produce enough breast milk.
The distraught parents who live in a dingy one room with their three babies narrated how their lives changed immediately the babies were delivered with life taking a nose dive after the mother developed postpartum depression.
The triplets’ mother, though lauding the nurses in Thika level 5 for helping and encouraging her, said the third child’s appearance brought to her a great shock and from that day, she has been on and off hospital where she has been admitted and discharged over depression.
“I depend on well-wishers and my mother who has had to relocate from Ahero to help me nurse the children because I cannot handle them on my own,” she said.
She is now appealing to Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu to allow her hawker husband to sell his merchandize un-interrupted so that he could support the triplets and the family as they have no other means of earning a living.
“Thika County Askaris have arrested my husband three times and have confiscated his Sh2, 000 stock so we have been reduced to beggars now,” she lamented.
Kasese now has to play a double role of being the breadwinner as well as nursing the ailing wife and their three babies, a task he says is overwhelming to him.
They are now calling on their local leaders and well-wishers to come to their aid as they are living in abject poverty because of the triple blessings.