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Twins delivered safely despite scare

A 23-year-old mother of newborn twins from Pomeroy

Praise for Pomeroy Health Centre staff

A 23-year-old mother of newborn twins from Pomeroy, in the KZN midlands, is full of praise for the staff at Pomeroy Community Health Centre (CHC), who came to her aid when she went into emergency labour.

Due to concerns about the growth of the twins that she was carrying, Nonjabulo Buthelezi had been booked to deliver as a high-risk patient at Grey’s Hospital on April 30.

However, on Wednesday, April 25, while at home at Pomeroy, she started experiencing cramps earlier in the day. In the evening, it became clear that she was going into labour and the mom-to-be was rushed to Pomeroy CHC.

Home visit changes lives 

Women who are expecting twins are referred to district or regional hospital, as these normally have better resources, such as medical theatres, more skilled staff and emergency blood stocks, said the health department in a statement.

Dr Sanele Madela, CEO of Pomeroy CHC, said he had been on call when he was informed that Buthelezi had been admitted, fully dilated, and needed to deliver her twins.

“We had no choice but to deliver her immediately,” said Madela, who thanked the team of nurses who helped him during the delivery.

“If a person is expecting twins, we prefer them to give birth in a hospital that has a theatre, because if there are complications, you can rush into theatre and save hers and the baby’s life.”

He said that when a woman was expecting twins the cervix was bigger, and after giving birth, it may not return to its normal size early enough, which makes her more susceptible to bleeding after delivering.

“Bleeding is one of the main factors that lead to mothers dying after birth,” said Madela.

Buthelezi gave birth to Siyabonga and Zenande, a boy and a girl, weighing 1.35kg and 1.95kg, respectively. She was immediately transferred to Church of Scotland Hospital in a specialised obstetrics ambulance, where Siyabonga was put in a nursery because of his low birth weight.


Buthelezi, who also has a 4-year-old child and wants to become a social worker, said: “My message to the doctor and medical staff at Pomeroy is that they must continue helping others, and treat them as well as they treated me. Even though I was scared, they were able to put me at ease and help me.”

KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo congratulated the medical team at the health centre.

“We are proud of what Dr Madela and his team have managed to do to help the mother of the twins. Although it is difficult to predict accurately when Mother Nature will take its course, we urge expectant mothers to make use of the mothers’ lodges which are available at some of our hospitals when they are close to their date of delivery. In cases of hospitals that do not have mothers’ lodges yet, we urge mothers not to travel too far from home, so that if they go into labour, they can be transported easily to the nearest health facility.”

In the picture: Mother of the twins, Nonjabulo Buthelezi, with Dr Madela, professional nurse Nozipho Sangweni, advanced midwife Lindiwe Ndawonde, night supervisor Dorcas Ngcobo and assistant nurse Thobeka Sithole. Picture: Supplied


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