A 37-year-old woman, who previously gave birth to twins and later triplets, has given birth to quintuplets, three girls and two boys.
Ms Sofiat Mutesi, a resident of Nawaikoke Village, Kibale Sub County in Namutumba District, Eastern Uganda went into labour at Ivukula health centre III on Saturday night at around 9pm and moments after, she delivered a boy weighing 1.5 kilograms.
She was however rushed in an ambulance to Iganga-Nakavule Hospital in Iganga District to avert any complications after it emerged that she was carrying more than one child.
Ms Maureen Babine, a midwife at Iganga-Nakavule Hospital said Ms Mutesi upon arrival at her unit, gave birth to the second baby, a girl weighing 1.5 kilograms at around 11pm.
She then delivered a boy, a girl and lastly a girl weighing 1.3 kilograms, 1.6 kilograms and 1.4 kilograms respectively.
"She had a normal delivery and the five babies are fine, in good health and without any defects. After every three hours they are breastfed and given glucose. The mother is fine, all has been done to contain the bleeding and she is even washing clothes," Ms Babine said.
"For the years I've worked in this hospital, I've never seen someone giving birth to five children. We have mainly had twins and triplets but never got quintuplets. The babies were delivered full term but they were just small and need care," she added.
Ms Mutesi said that she was surprised after delivering five children, because during her antenatal visits at Ivukula and Nsinze health centre 1V, she was examined and told that she had only two babies in her womb.
“I am surprised to deliver five because when I went for a scan at Nsinze health centre, medics told me that I was carrying two children,” she said, appealing to well-wishers to help her with items and money to be able to raise the children in good health.
"I first gave birth to twins, then triplets but lost one and their father; and have now given birth to quintuplets. I'm currently at home and helpless," she said.
Mr Bilali Masale, her new husband, said the quintuplets bring the number of children he now has to 20.
"I already have many children of my own from other wives and I'm now adding five. I request the government to help me, because I have nothing," he said.