Three boys and a girl were the first quadruplets to be born at Mediclinic Midstream in Centurion on Friday.
Even though Sibongile and Vincent Matsepane had been praying for four children in their family, they did not expect to get them all at one go. Bohlale, Bophelo, Bonolo and girl Bathabile were anxious to arrive though, so they were born at 31 weeks into pregnancy.
It was not that easy in the beginning.
“When we got married we thought it was going to happen immediately, but it didn’t happen at the time we wanted it to. Many prayers had to be said to get to where we are today,” Sibongile, 33, said.
After four years in marriage, the couple decided to consult doctors. Dr Johan Makram was the fertility specialist, who helped with the first pregnancy. Although it ended with a miscarriage, Dr Makram urged the Matsepanes not to give up.
Once the second pregnancy was confirmed, a scan revealed that the couple was expecting four babies. Sibongile said they went through a natural process and did not entertain the idea of in-vitro fertilisation. Vincent, 35, is coming from a family of twins and triplets.
“We were shocked at first, but we knew God wouldn’t give us anything we can’t handle. They will eat what we eat,” he said.
While the first-time parents are preparing their house for the new inhabitants, their children are still at the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.