Mom delighted with Lucky New Year’s Day bundle of joy
THE STORK was busy on New Year’s Day, with at least 284 babies born in Gauteng – and the boys outnumbered the girls.
Staff at George Mukhari Academic Hospital in Ga-Rankuwa, north of Pretoria, had their hands full, with a total of 25 little bundles of joy who saw their first light on New Year’s Day.
As the clock ticked off the seconds to the start of the new year, expectant mothers were also in the race to give birth to the province’s first baby of the year.
At 12.02am, baby Lucky Mtisi was the first baby born on New Year’s Day in Tshwane and the second in Gauteng.
Nyarai Mtisi, 18, the mother, was overjoyed that her firstborn was so special.
Sitting on a hospital bed at George Mukhari and cradling her bundle of joy, who was fast asleep, Mtisi spontaneously named the baby Lucky.
“I had not thought of the name before because I was undecided. Even when he was born, I still did not know what to call him,” she said.
She decided to name her son Lucky because he was born on January 1.
Mtisi said she had not experienced any complications during her pregnancy and was happy to have given birth to a healthy baby. “He weighed 3.73kg, which is just about normal, and arrived in record time,” she said.
Alongside baby Lucky were the premature twins (boy and girl) born before noon.
According to their mom, Mokgadi Monene, 29, baby Lesedi (girl) and Mpho (boy) were a blessing and a lesson in life to her.
The unemployed motherof-four, who comes from Soshanguve, said she had just separated from the father of her children and had started to worry about how she was going to feed and care for her children on her own.
“I suffered from excessive stress, which complicated my entire pregnancy and made me give birth prematurely. I was even suicidal due to stress,” said Monene.
Monene said the twins had saved her life.
“At first when I found out I was pregnant with twins I was a worried and unhappy but knowing I carried this precious cargo, I had to be strong and live,” she said.
Monene said she had made herself a promise to care for the twins and her other children. “For all I know, they could be future doctors and police officers; it is my duty to see that through.”
Scores of other babies were born at healthcare facilities across Gauteng.
The first New Year’s Day baby in Gauteng was born at 12.01am at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital.
Gauteng health spokesperson Steve Mabona said that of the 284 babies born on New Year’s Day, 131 were girls and 153 were boys.
George Mukhari, with its 25 New Year’s Day babies, was followed by Jubilee Hospital in Hammanskraal, which delivered 13 babies, and Kalafong Tertiary Hospital in Atteridgeville, which delivered nine New Year’s bundles of joy.
Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital was at the top of the list in Gauteng with 54 babies delivered there – of which 30 were girls and 24 were boys.
Among them were a set of twins and a set of triplets.
SPECIAL DELIVERY: Kgosi Ndzalo Mangena, weighing 2.9kg, born at the Netcare Clinton Hospital in Alberton, was among the 284 babies to make their arrival on New Year’s Day in Gauteng.