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Babies, babies, babies

By Miranda La Rose Monday, December 23 2013

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Hands full: Dr Krishna Rampersadsingh, Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at San Fernando General Hospital, with proud parents Jannel Green-Campbell a...
Hands full: Dr Krishna Rampersadsingh, Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at San Fernando General Hospital, with proud parents Jannel Green-Campbell a...

The year 2013 will go down as the “Year of Multiple Births” in the local health sector with the successful delivery by Caesarian section in March of the first set of sextuplets to be born in Trinidad and Tobago, and the Caribbean.

In addition three sets of triplets were delivered to other couples in May, July and September.

Unfortunately three of the sextuplets, born at 30 to 31 weeks of gestation, died and one set of the triplets delivered at 26 weeks of gestation also died. A total of nine infants have survived.

In January, the expectant mother of the sextuplets, Petra Lee Foon, 28, was warded at Mt Hope Women’s Hospital (MHWH) under the care of senior consultant obstetrician Dr Bharat Bassaw. The babies, three boys and three girls, were delivered prematurely (30 to 31 weeks) on March 4 by a 42-member team of neonatal paediatric team headed by Bassaw. Their average weight was two pounds.

Three of the babies, Kaylee Robyn, Shaelon Peter and Syrai Kayla, have survived and are reported doing very well.

The first born, Kaelon Nasir lived for 26 days, Paeton Christopher lived for 44 days and Persia Meleigh, 133 days.

On May 16, triplets born to Nicole Bowman prematurely (at 26 weeks) at MHWH in late May, died of respiratory distress associated with prematurity.

On July 18, female triplets — Faith, Hope and Destiny — were delivered prematurely at 31 weeks of gestation to Parbathie Ramlochan, 33, and Luke Lazarus at MHWH. Three months later the babies were spotted at the seaside where they spent part of the day with their parents.

On September 4, Jannel Green-Campbell, 28, also gave birth to three healthy baby boys at the San Fernando General Hospital. Two weighed in at 1.5 kgs and the other, 1.95 kgs.

Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of San Fernando General Hospital, Dr Krishna Rampersadsingh, who delivered Green-Campbell’s triplets was among several doctors who warned against the use of fertility drugs without proper medical supervision. Women who use over the counter fertility drugs to become pregnant, Rampersadsingh said have greater risks of giving birth to triplets and other multiple births.

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