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First Lady Visits Newborn Quintuplets

First Lady Visits Newborn Quintuplets
April 04
08:55 2012

SANTIAGO – Accompanied by the Minister of Health and the Minister of Social Development, First Lady Cecilia Morel handed presents to the parents of the quintuplets and visited the children afterwards in the intensive care unit of the neonatal wing in the San José hospital.

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Photo: Gobierno de Chile

The first lady said that thanks to the new postnatal law, the mother can stay almost eight months with her children.

“We five are fine in the neo,” was the message a midwife of the San José hospital wrote on a little piece of paper for the five brothers and sisters who are currently recovering in the hospital.

The visit of the first lady was accompanied by the Minister of Health, Jaime Mañalich and the Minister of Social Development, Joaquín Lavín. First they met the parents Gloria Barría and Alejandro Cárdenas, together with other relatives. The first lady gave them five baby rockers and an assortment of little clothes.

Then, accompanied by the father, they went to the intensive care unit of the neonatal unit in the hospital to see the state in which María Jesús, María Amanda,  María Clarisa, Emilio Salvador and Alonso Gaspar currently are.

The authorities appealed for solidarity with this family from Chiloé, and said that the government will support them with 40,000 pesos for each child every month until they are 24 years old. Cecilia Morel said, “As a mother, one knows that with five children one will need a lot of helping hands.”

The First Lady also reminded that due to the new postnatal law, Gloria Barría can spend more time with her children.

Alejandro Cárdenas showed his gratitude for the concerns by the authorities of the government for his family.  The state of his children will still be delicate.

We hope for all the best for the newborn babies and good luck to their parents!


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Maggy Meyer

Maggy Meyer is a translator from Germany. She has lived in Chile since August 2011 and came to Santiago during the student movement after classes at her university in Iquique never begun.
Besides doing translations she gives English classes and writes for ILC.


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