| Siti Hajar |
THE social media was abuzz with news following the safe delivery of rare quadruplets who were welcomed to the world early yesterday morning.
The proud, first time parents, both aged 29, spoke to the Borneo Bulletin at the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital ward where the babies’ mother is currently recuperating following a Caesarean Section just a few hours after going into labour at around 4.30 in the morning.
Two baby boys and sisters arrived in quick succession in a span of two minutes.
The first baby boy was delivered at 6.48am followed by his younger sister just a minute later at 6.49am and the remaining baby boy and girl at 6.50am.
The pregnancy, said Siti Katizah Rasit and husband Abdul Rahman, was a result of fertility treatment they underwent in Egypt following their doctor’s recommendation.
Though yesterday’s delivery of the quadruplets was indeed their happiest moment, the new parents took the opportunity to address rumours that have been in circulation in social media.
“We discovered the multiple pregnancies during the first trimester and we were told to expect six babies,” they said and added, “but later we found out that two of the zygotes were not viable,” as opposed to rumours stating that two of the babies had died during childbirth.
“We were afraid when we were told of the number of babies we could be expecting but we left our fate in God’s hands and Alhamdulillah, the newborns are finally here.”
The couple endured two miscarriages in 2012 and 2013.
They will be celebrating their fourth wedding anniversary next month with four bundles of joy.
Born prematurely due to the risks the parents were made privy to, the quadruplets arrived after seven months and three weeks and are currently being treated at the newborn ICU at the hospital.
The parents are currently pursuing their Masters in Egypt studying Islamic Philosophy and will complete their courses in June next year.
During the course of their studies, the couple made the decision to return to Brunei in June to have their children in the comfort of their home.
They are scheduled to return to Egypt at the end of February. “Insya Allah, we will bring our children with us,” they said.