Mother of triplets appeals for help
Laurel Murangaridzirayi, [email protected]
Holding back tears, Ms Prisca Dale (30) of Cowdray Park suburb in Bulawayo narrated how her boyfriend ditched her soon after she gave birth to a set of triplets at Mpilo Central Hospital.
She christened the triplets who are all girls; Siyanda, Simelokuhle and Siyabonga.
Ms Dale is not employed and is now struggling to breastfeed the babies who were born prematurely.
The babies are now eight months old and desparately need supplementary feeding.
“I’m struggling to breastfeed these girls because I don’t have enough milk. I’m therefore appealing to well-wishers for support in order to raise my babies. They need supplementary feeding and since I am not employed, it is difficult for me to raise the required money,’’ said Ms Dale
She said while it is a blessing to have triplets, taking care of them is a big challenge after her boyfriend ditched her.
The mother of four said her boyfriend disappeared soon after he got the news that she had given birth to triplets and the information she has is that he went to South Africa and has since married another woman.
“I used to do part time jobs before I got pregnant with the triplets but now it is difficult for me to work with these triplets. Since their father disappeared, I am finding it difficult to take care of these children,” said Ms Dale.
She said the same man who is now in SA, is the father of her three-year-old child.
Ms Dale said her boyfriend is denying paternity because the triplets were born prematurely.
“I have asked him to go for a DNA tests if he is doubting that he is the father of these girls but he has refused,” she said.
Ms Dale said even the relatives of her boyfriend were not willing to assist her hence she appealing to members of the public for support.
“When I gave birth, I was excited and shocked at the same time because I had prepared for one child,” she said.
Ms Dale said she is having sleepless nights because the babies are not getting enough milk hence the need for supplementary feeding. “I cannot sleep as the babies will be crying because of hunger. At times I give them maheu made from isitshwala leftovers because I cannot afford the proper food,” she said.
Ms Dale stays with her father who is a pensioner and is also struggling to raise money to meet basics.
“I am appealing to well-wishers to assist in cash or kind so that I can be able to feed my triplets and buy them clothes. Those who want to assist can contact me on mobile number +263775241549,” she said.