Parents of triplets want help with HDC housing
By LAUREL V WILLIAMS Sunday, September 8 2013
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Jennel Green-Campbel, mother of triplets born at the San Fernando General Hospital on Wednesday. ...
IN the next few days, Trinidad and Tobago’s latest triplets are expected to be discharged from the San Fernando General Hospital and their parents are hoping to raise them in their own home with the help of Housing and Urban Development Minister, Dr Roodal Moonilal.
Parents Jannel Green-Campbell and Marcelle Campbell yesterday appealed to the minister to assist them in purchasing an HDC home as their current one-bedroom apartment may be too small to house the three newest additions to the family.
The couple, of Corial Road, Iere Village, Princes Town, lives with Campbell’s five year- old son, Jahleel, in the downstairs apartment of a relative’s house.
“This week they are expected to be discharged and somehow or the other, we would have to make out. By the grace of God, we would. A house in Princes Town would be nice to raise the children and we ( parents) are both employed,” said Green-Campbell.
Green-Campbell, 28, works as a clerk at the Health Ministry in Port-of-Spain while her husband is a service technician at Trintokil Ltd in San Fernando.
On Wednesday last Green-Campbell delivered the triplets at the hospital, two of whom weighed 1.5 kilogrammes and the other, 1.95 kilogrammes. On Friday she was discharged but the babies were being kept for further observations.
The mother praised the head of the Obstetrics and Gynecology department at the hospital, Dr Krishna Rampersadsingh and other staff members of the hospital for the care she and her newborn received at hospital.
Her husband yesterday said he would drop off an application form at the Housing Development Corporation offices in Mon Repos in his bid to secure a more comfortable home for his family.
“First and foremost on Monday (tomorrow), I would be dropping off a form. These three newborns should be able to be comfortable although, if we do not get a house, we would have no choice, but to raise them as is,” Campbell said.
With a smile on his face, Campbell admitted that neither he nor his wife have had a proper night’s sleep since the birth. The father said doctors told him two of the triples appeared to be identical while the third is not.
“But to me they all look alike. This is the first triplet in the family. Jannel’s sister has twins. We are very happy that everyone is healthy and we thank God for his blessings. We want the best for all our children,” Campbell said.