Mom de­lighted with Lucky New Year’s Day bun­dle of joy

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - LERATO TSHIPE

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.

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