Dudzai Matewu and David Shumba
A-20-YEAR-OLD woman from Mbare in Harare has given birth to quadruplets.
Mrs Alice Mutasa delivered her bouncing girls through normal delivery at Harare Central Hospital two weeks ago weighing 2,5kg, 2,3kg, 2,1kg and 1,6kg each.
She could not hide her joy.
“I knew I had quadruplets because I had gone for a scan before I gave birth so I was prepared for my girls,” she said.
Mrs Mutasa said she was happy to have the babies although she is unable to cater for them.
She now has five children.
“The only challenge I have is providing for the children. My husband is self-employed and does not make much money while I am also unemployed,” she said.
Mrs Mutasa’s husband is a vendor in Mbare.
She is surviving on donations and is appealing for help from well-wishers.
“We are appealing to well-wishers to help us since things are tough for us.
“We already had one child before these four so there are now seven of us living in one room,” said Mrs Mutasa.
“I do not have anyone to assist me save for my mother who lives in Buhera. Even if I choose to call her, I have nowhere to accommodate her,” she said.
Mrs Mutasa said although she received clothing for the babies from the Society of St Vincent de Paul of the Roman Catholic Church, she needed more clothing and food.
A matron at Harare Central Hospital, Mrs Dade Pedzisai, said Mrs Mutasa required more spacious accommodation.
“In such a scenario we usually discharge maternity mothers when their child reaches two kilogrammes but Mrs Mutasa’s three babies weighed two kilogrammes and above while one is less than two kilogrammes and they are still in hospital because she has no decent accommodation,” said Mrs Pedzisai.