|Parents of Trinidad and Tobago's first sextuplets, Petra Lee Foon and her fiance Kieron Cummings. The couple's firstborn, Kaylan Nasir Lee Foon-Cummings, died at the Mt Hope Children's Hospital on Saturday.|
A relative of the family announced the baby's death in a brief e-mail to the media: "It is with deep sadness that the Cummings and Lee Foon family inform you that Kaylan Nasir Lee Foon Cummings, the couple’s firstborn, passed away on Saturday, 30 March, 2013. His brothers and sisters continue to do well and our prayers remain strong for their progress.”
The baby - the first to be born - had been on a ventilator since he was born with his two brothers and three sisters on March 4. Hospital sources said the child died from severe respiratory problems and gastro-intestinal bleeding associated with premature births.
The chairof the North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) Dr Shehenaz Mohammed confirmed the baby's death. She said the hospital staff were deeply saddened over the loss as doctors and nurses had "adopted" the babies as their own and were dedicated in their care for the sextuplets at the unit.
She said the parents have been receiving counselling and staff members continue to ensure round-the-clock care for the other five babies.