Father to quintuplets born in Kisii wanted to become a priest

Douglas Nyaoko, father to the five children born at a Kisii Hospital on Thursday afternoon had a dream to join priesthood before he married at the tender age of 23.

Speaking at the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital while visiting his wife, Sellah Nyanchera, Nyaoko a plumber in Kisii town, said he was happy that his wife had finally delivered after months of painful nights.

During his early days, Nyaoko lived at the Kisii Cathedral and had dreamt of joining seminary school.

However, his dreams were cut short after some of his family members warned him that they were not going to pay his school fees should he proceed with his plan to train and become a priest.

He says the then Kisii Cathedral Vicar General Joseph Obanyi encouraged him to soldier on.

“He helped me grow spiritually and morally. I served as an altar boy for years. I married immediately after high school. Nyanchera was my first girlfriend and she eventually became my wife,” Nyaoko said.

Nyaoko, a lastborn in a family of seven siblings says he did his form four in 2018 but was unable to proceed to college.

“I am not employed. I earn from the casual jobs I do around Kisii town. I call on well-wishers to support me. I have been living in my brother’s house. I have been struggling to feed and clothe my family and I know it will become more challenging,” he explains.

Though never expecting quintuplets, Nyaoko said he was delighted with the news.

“During her antenatal visits, the sonographer revealed to her that she was carrying at least three children,” said Nyaoka.

The two have been married for the last two years.

According to the hospital’s Head of Clinical Services Dr Bina Ongaki, the first child weighed 1.5 kilograms, the second 1.2, the third and fourth 1.5 while the fifth weighed 1.1 kilograms.

“The babies are closely observed at the NBU since they were born before the due date,” she said.

The mother is said to have displayed labour pain signs while her abdomen was pendulous. A team of medics at the hospital sent her for an ultrasound examination which revealed she had more than one child, an emergency C-Section. The lady had a miscarriage in 2019 during her first trimester.

Kisii County Woman Representative Janet Ongera paid a visit to the mother in the hospital and offered to the family.

County Governor James Ongwae and his wife Elizabeth congratulated the new mother saying this was the first case to be reported in the hospital’s history.

The two also commended medics who attended to the mother during the successful pre-term delivery via C-section.

“I applaud the medics who attended to the mother. I am thankful for the care they gave to the mother before and after the delivery. I wish both the mother and her children good health,” said Ongwae.

Mrs. Ongwae said it was a rare blessing for both the mother and her family and prayed for God’s protection to the little ones.

“As a mother who has undergone the maternal journey, I indeed thank God for walking with the mother. It is by God’s grace.”

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