When Adwai Malual found she was pregnant with multiple babies, she wasn’t clear how it would effect her. A first-time mother at 28 years old, she didn’t fully realize what one baby required, let alone the quintuplets she was carrying.
After coming from Sudan to the United States to receive a blessing on her pregnancy from her mother-in-law (who was living in the U.S.), Malual developed serious complications and was hospitalized and unable to return home. Her babies, now six weeks old, are healthy and doing well, but for some monitoring for breathing issues. But Malual is on her own.
Her husband works in a government position in Sudan and has not been able to leave work and has not yet seen his five babies except in photos. Meanwhile, Malual is stuck in Laurel, Maryland with her mother temporarily visiting to help her. But she has little other support.
No diaper companies sent truck loads of products, no formula maker sent gallons of assistance, as sometimes happens in these kinds of cases.
A local church has helped with some hand-me-down baby clothes and two cribs. But 12 hours a day, Malual does nothing but attend to her babies until her mother takes over for a few hours so she can sleep. When her mother leaves, she doesn’t know what she will do.
Sudan is a war-torn country and she would prefer to raise her children in the United States. But she would have to apply for sanctuary, be approved, find childcare and a job that covered the cost of it plus living expenses for six. Whether she makes it home to Sudan or somehow makes life work in the U.S., for now, Malual needs all the help she can get.
A chaplain from the hospital where the babies were born is collecting donations for her. For information on how you can help, see the chaplain’s name and address at the end of the story linked here.
For more photos of the beautiful babies, see the Washington Post’s photo gallery.