Christine Kemigisha gave birth to not one, not two, but four babies marking the first occurrence of quadruplets delivered at Hoima Hospital in 88 years.
The resident of Kigaaga village in Kabaale sub-county, Hoima district said that during her antenatal visits to different healthcare units when she was recommended for an ultrasound, she was told that she was carrying twins in her womb and that there existed a third one but was not visibly clear.
“The doctors who did the ultrasound said I was carrying twins but again there was another one that could not be easily seen,” she said.
When the 27-year-old started feeling birth pangs, she was rushed to the nearby Kikuube Health Centre 4 in Kikuube district that is adjacent to Hoima district only to be referred to Hoima Regional Referral Hospital.
At 40 weeks, Kemigisha successfully delivered the quadruplets including one boy and three girls making a historic milestone at Hoima Hospital that was established in 1935.
The Senior Nursing Officer (SNO) offering maternal and child health services at Hoima Regional Referral Hospital, Sr Maria Goretti Bithire, told this website that Kemigisha had a normal delivery with the first three bouncing baby girls measuring 1.5kg, 2.0kg and 1.2kg respectively while the last baby who is a boy also scored well with a body weight of 1.2kg.
She said that the mother, who was in her second stage of labour, experienced short processes of labour on Sunday, January 28, 2024, before she was delivered at 6:02am.
The SNO revealed that since the babies’ body weight is still low, they will be kept in the hospital until all is medically well for them to be discharged.
Sr Bithire advises expectant mothers to always make use of trained health care providers so that both mothers and babies’ lives can be saved instead of rushing to traditional birth attendants who do not have technical knowledge of handling such cases.
Moses Kato, 30, who fathers the babies says he was shocked when his wife delivered the quadruplets but stood the ground though he had thought of running away from the responsibility.
Moses Kato can be reached on +256 (0)789 840 795 while Christine Kemigisha is on +256 (0)780 642 341.