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By Ame Sene

APIA, Samoa (January 6, 2000 – Samoa Observer)---"Samoa’s first triplets this century were born on 3 January 2000 at Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Moto‘otua."

The three baby boys were a bundle of joy for their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alefaio Vaisua‘i, and their family at Faletagaloa, Safune, Savaii.

Aleluia was born at 5:30 a.m., Faamanu at 5:45 a.m. and Faafetai at 6:45 a.m., according to their father. The first two were born normally but the youngest was delivered by a caesarian section, senior nurse Kaisarina Toloa, explained. As they were born eight weeks early, they have been spending time in incubators.

Each baby weighed three pounds when they were born. This would be abnormal for a baby born after the mother’s normal 40 weeks of pregnancy, but at 32 weeks, that weight is considered normal. If the triplets had been born normally, they would have weighed up to six pounds each, pointed out Nurse Toloa. When the Samoa Observer visited them yesterday though, the triplets and their mother were doing well.

“I thank God that I’m feeling strong. I’m very grateful for my children,” Mrs. Vaisua‘i, 30, said. She and her husband have five older children, two of whom are boys and three girls. Asked if there were twins or triplets in their families, Mr. Vaisua‘i said there were twins on his mother’s side but he was not sure about his wife’s side of the family.

Mrs. Vaasia‘i said she suspected she was going to have either twins or triplets. This is because when she had her follow-up check, the scanner detected more than one baby in her. But the hospital staff first realized it was triplets when she gave birth. Asked if he had anything to say, Mr. Vaasua‘i said he was extremely happy.

“The triplets plus my two older sons make the Seven-aside Team that I’ll be training in the future,” he said happily. A Police officer by profession, Mr. Vaasua‘i said his wife looked after the children and he operated two taxis to supplement the family’s income. They now live at Moata‘a.

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