- Njenga Martin and Diana have been married since 2019
- The two had set their wedding date five years before the actual day
- The couple has opened up on how they lost their one-month-old daughter at the hospital
- Njenga said that this was the hardest thing he had ever had to deal with
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Njenga Martin and his wife Diana were very excited to discover that they were expecting a child in 2020.
The whole pregnancy was smooth, and Martin said he was delighted to see his wife's tummy growing day by day.
When the two confirmed that they were having a baby girl, they settled on a name, Riri. It is a Kikuyu name meaning praise.
Everything went well until the due date when the parents noticed that the baby's movement slowed down.
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Martin and his wife rushed to the hospital but were asked to wait, but things did not change, and upon returning to the hospital, the doctors decided to perform an emergency Cesarean Section to save the baby.
Baby did not cry
However, the baby did not cry, and this got the doctors worried. Martin told Lynn Ngugi in a previous interview that this shattered his heart, but he wore a brave face as a man.
This quickly overwhelmed him, and he was admitted to the hospital. His daughter, too was admitted to the nursery.
Martin recovered, and after a few days stay at the hospital, he decided to go home and rest. UnforBut, unfortunately, his wife was still at the hospital with the weeks-old daughter.
Her health was deteriorating.
The heartbreaking phone call
That night Diana called her husband with the news that the baby had died.
Speaking to YEN.com.gh Parenting Editor Yvonne Kawira on the phone, Martin Njenga, said that was one of the hardest things he has ever had to go through.
"That phone call crushed me. I was in so much pain. The next day i had to organise and go see my daughter's lifeless body in the morgue. This was very painful. I cried so hard. It was very painful," he said.
Martin said that he had to gather a lot of courage to open up about the pain of losing a child as a man.
What gave you strength?
YEN.com.gh asked the father what gave him strength during such a difficult time, and his response moved us.
"God played a huge role in healing us. Then another thing, my wife and I are friends. We accepted and did not blame each other," he said.
The man says he uses his experience to encourage other parents who have had to go through such an experience that it is important to speak up.
The couple also has a youtube channel called Graced Love, where they share marriage tips, encouragements and fun stuff they do as a couple.
Child died in his sleep
YEN.com.gh recently shared a story on Agnes Wanjiku, who woke up to breastfeed her month-old baby only to discover he had died in his sleep.
The baby had been diagnosed with jaundice and was treated at the hospital then discharged. But in the morning, Wanjiku noticed that her son was unresponsive and quickly rushed him to the hospital.
Sadly the child was declared dead on arrival.