Joy over Faith, Hope, Destiny
By Janelle De Souza Monday, September 30 2013
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Beach babies: Parbathie Ramlochan cradles Hope and Destiny, while Luke Lazarus holds Faith as they took the triplets to Williams Bay, Carenage, yester...
TRIPLETS Faith, Hope and Destiny Lazarus lived up to their names when they were released from hospital about two weeks ago, surviving premature birth, as well as various ailments.
The girls were born on July 18, at the Mt Hope Women’s Hospital, Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, to Parbathie Ramlochan, 33, and Luke Lazarus, 32.
The newborns spent yesterday with their parents at the seaside at Williams Bay, Carenage.
Ramlochan told Newsday, except for a cold, the babies were healthy and happy at the family home in Edinburgh Village, Chaguanas. They have a two-year-old brother, Justin.
Ramlochan noted she and Lazarus were shocked to find out, one month before the end of her pregnancy, that she was having not one, but three babies who were all girls.
“I couldn’t walk because they were weighing down the left side of my body and I was getting real pain so I ended up in the hospital. There, they did an ultrasound and we found out I was going to have triplets. I thought it was just a big baby! I didn’t know what to think when I heard the news,” she said.
After the initial shock, Ramlochan said she and Lazarus, a labourer, became excited about the prospect of adding three new persons to their family, noting that twins ran on both sides of their families but Faith, Hope and Destiny were the first triplets.
Ramlochan explained that, once admitted to the hospital, she was put on bed rest and spent one month there. The babies were expected to be born via Caesarean section at 34 weeks but she went into labour at 31 weeks and three days. “The weekend before, the doctors said I was going into pre-term labour so they knew it could have happened at any time and were prepared,” she said.
“It was a little frightening because the doctors warned us that they may not have made it. They were born one minute apart and so their father named them Faith, Hope and Destiny. Everyone says they resemble him,” she laughed.
However, after their birth, there were some signs that had the couple worried. Ramlochan noted that Hope was born with a urinary tract infection, and both Destiny’s and Hope’s stomachs were swollen.
The doctors did not allow Destiny and Hope to drink milk as they were concerned that their intestines would explode.
In addition, while being administered an IV, a vein in Destiny’s foot burst and she was burnt by the IV fluid that escaped. This led to a hole in her foot which became infected with bacteria but eventually healed.
“At the time I was very afraid but I just kept praying for them. We were waiting to see what would happen. They brought in a skin doctor to make sure the burn wasn’t too serious but in the end they rubbed some cream and it healed. Faith and Hope spent one month, and Destiny spent six weeks at the hospital. Now everything has worked out and they are fine,” said Ramlochan.
She noted the family of six lived in one room of her father-in-law’s home, and asked for assistance from the public in the form of materials to build a small home on the property.