Triple Treat For Gounders

Fiji Sun - - West News - ARISHMA DEVI-NARAYAN Edited by Maraia Vula

ANadi cou­ple is over the moon af­ter wel­com­ing their new born triplets into the world. The trio’s mother, Ashna Gounder, 27, said the ba­bies were born healthy with the girls weigh­ing 1.96kg and 1.95kg while the boy was 2.35kg at the Lau­toka Hos­pi­tal. Ten days old now Te­rina Gounder (girl), Tr­is­han Gounder (boy) and Tisha Gounder (girl) were born min­utes apart by Cae­sarean sec­tion on Au­gust 21 be­tween 8:20pm to 8:24pm at 35 weeks. This was the sec­ond time Mrs Gounder gave birth. Her first daugh­ter is now four and half years old and the cou­ple and their fam­ily mem­bers are happy for their bun­dle of joy. She said she was grate­ful to the nurses and staff of Lau­toka hos­pi­tal for tak­ing ex­cel­lent care of her and the ba­bies. “In fact we have had 120 per cent at­ten­dance, which in­cluded pre­pared­ness, mon­i­tor­ing the growth of the ba­bies and moth­ers health and a very suc­cess­ful Cae­sarean sec­tion. “I am also hav­ing friend re­quests on Facebook, af­ter I put up the pic­ture with th­ese three. “In the be­gin­ning when the doc­tor asked us if any­one in our fam­ily were twins we were shocked and thought we were hav­ing twins, but then later he re­vealed we will have triplets,” Ms Gounder said. Min­is­ter for Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices Jone Usa­mate said he was happy about the re­cent rise of pos­i­tive feed­backs re­ceived from the pa­tients on the good hos­pi­tal ser­vices. “There have been many in­stances when pa­tients have given us pos­i­tive feed­backs about our hos­pi­tal staff and their ser­vices. Many are ex­press­ing their grat­i­tude on how our nurses and doc­tors have been tak­ing care of them,” Mr Usa­mate said. He said the min­istry’s aim was to con­tinue to pro­vide such great ser­vices and thanked the hos­pi­tal staff, nurses and doc­tors work­ing in line with the min­istry’s ef­fort in pro­vid­ing best care and ser­vices to the pa­tients. She said giv­ing birth to the trio came to them as a sur­prise, but the cou­ple were ready to ex­plore the new life chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

The fa­ther of the triplets, Bal Kr­ishna Gounder’s fam­ily has a his­tory of hav­ing twins, his mother has a twin sis­ter and his dad also had a twin brother. “My grand­mother also had the same sit­u­a­tion there­fore it looks to be in our genes,” Mr Gounder said. The cou­ple hosted a small ‘chatti’ (Hindu cer­e­mony for new born ba­bies) at their house in Malolo, Nadi on Mon­day.

In the be­gin­ning when the doc­tor asked us if any­one in our fam­ily were twins we were shocked and thought we were hav­ing twins, but then later he re­vealed we will have triplets,

Bal Kr­ishna Gounder

Triplets Fa­ther

Photo: Arishma Devi Narayan

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