Her eyes darted around with curiosity.

“Are they here yet?” she asked, scanning the room and listening to any movement in the hallway.

“Are you sure they are coming today?”

At exactly 4.30pm on August 22 this year, visitors were allowed into Ward GF/B of Kenyatta National Hospital, and two very special visitors were among them. A little boy and his sister were about to see their mother — for the first time ever.

The lucky woman, 38-year-old Mercy Muthoni, was beyond herself with excitement, disbelief and relief. As the pair of babies was handed over to her, she received them with such joy and emotion that it was impossible to control the welling of tears among those gathered around to witness the special moment.

The twins, like the little lovely babies that they were, had decided to take a nap just when they needed to be wide awake, and so Muthoni delicately held the blue and pink bundles of joy before gently placing them on her hospital bed.

She then lifted her head, twisted it to the left, and then to the right. Little bodily movements that we take for granted all the time, but such important, joyous milestones for her.

She may have been seeing her one-and-a-half-month-old babies — named Joy Muthoni Mugo and Daniel Muthoni Mugo — for the first time, but she was also making those all-important movements for the first time in 40 days. That was such a sight to behold for the scores gathered by her bedside.

It had all started at 2pm on July 9 this year. The day, as is characteristic of July days in these parts of the world, had been quite chilly.

Muthoni was having lunch, coiled in her couch and enjoying her favourite TV series, when she felt a stabbing pain on her lower back. She did not think much about it at the time because her delivery date was approaching and thought it was the onset of labour.

“Standing up, I noticed blood on the couch. I knew that was a dangerous sign of pregnancy as I had been warned about it at Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital in Nairobi, where I attended my antenatal clinics. I called my sister about it and asked my house help to take me to hospital,” Mercy recalls.

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