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A 36-YEAR-OLD mother was unexpectedly separated from her newborn quadruplets the day after they were born.
Fredrika Ouses told The Namibian she gave birth on 4 November at Henties Bay before being transferred to Swakopmund. Thereafter, she and her four newborns were transferred to Windhoek.
Three of the infant boys were taken to Rhino Park Private Hospital, and one to Lady Pohamba Private Hospital.
“When the doctors called, they said, you guys are going to Windhoek now, because people are waiting for you, and at three in the morning, we came here [to Windhoek].
“They said this is a donation from the government, and for me to stay here would be costly because I don't have medical aid. So they would help me,” Ouses says.
She says the quadruplets had breathing problems when they were born and needed to be placed on expensive machines to support their lungs.
Ouses herself has been admitted at Windhoek Central Hospital's post-natal ward. She says she was transferred to Windhoek to ensure she could feed her newborns.
“I was at Rhino Park yesterday [Sunday] to give them milk, and today [Monday] I was at Lady Pohamba to give milk,” she says.
Speaking to The Namibian, Ben Nangombe, executive director of health and social services, said the only reason for a child to be separated from its mother is for survival reasons.
“That can only be based on a clinical decision taken by professionals on the basis of the best interest of the babies. Quadruplets [...] that in itself is a special situation. So to make sure the quadruplets get the best care possible, they had to be admitted to a facility where that care is available,” Nangombe said.
He said medical specialists would not be reckless in making such a critical decision.
“Our clinical experts and specialists made a decision in the best interest of the babies and to ensure they have access to the care they need,” he said.
He said the government has mobilised a special fund to assist patients with uncommon illnesses with specific services.
“If it is indeed determined that these babies require specific services that cannot be accessed in a public facility, arrangements are made for such patients to access these services,” he said.