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Third sextuplet baby dies

PORT OF SPAIN — Sextuplet baby Persia Meleigh Lee Foon-Cummings, who was at Mt. Hope Women’s Hospital for four months, died on Tuesday night.

Persia Meleigh was the third of the sextuplet babies to die. Three others — two girls and a boy — were discharged from hospital and are being cared for by their parents.

Dr. Shehenaz Mohammed, chairman of the North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA), confirmed that parents Petra Lee Foon and Kieron Cummings were at the baby’s bedside.

“I received information that the baby died last night. The mummy and daddy were there with the doctors at the hospital,” said Mohammed.

She said the baby’s condition “never really” improved and her parents were advised a week ago.

“The baby’s condition was always bad. She was born with congenital abnormality — abnormalities in the chest and heart. The parents were advised and were receiving counselling. But although this was expected, the staff at the hospital are under the weather by this.”

The first-born, Kaylan Nasir, died at the hospital 19 days after being born on March 4.

The youngest of the six, Paeton Christopher, died a month later. The baby boy developed an infection and had to go back to the ventilator as he was unable to breathe on his own, hospital officials said.

The birth of the sextuplets to parents Lee Foon, a teacher, and Cummings, a bank employee, was a first for Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean.

Within the first few days of birth, five of the babies were taken off ventilators and medical personnel at the hospital’s NICU were optimistic.

The other babies — Kaylee Robyn, Shaelon Peter, and Syrai Kayla — are doing well at their family’s home in Chaguanas. (Express)

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