BANTING: A little over a year ago they entered the history books of the Kuala Lumpur Hospital where they were born – all five of them.
Today the Phuah quintuplets have blossomed from tiny fragile creatures into active one-year-olds.
Each has evolved into his or her own personality.
The only girl among them, Yu Zhi, is the most confident and will be the first to try out new things, says mother Lim Chooi Teng.
“Yu Ren, the eldest, acts like a big brother, giving way to the others. Yu Yi is more manja (sensitive) and cries easily, Yu Li seeks affection and will warm up to strangers fast while Yu Xin is more on the quiet and contented,” added Lim.
Her rented home in Teluk Panglima Garang here was a riot of cooing and gurgles yesterday as a group of MCA leaders, led by Wanita MCA chief Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen, paid the babies an early Chinese New Year visit.
Ng, dressed in red, was a welcome sight to the Phuah household as her entourage brought along much-needed hampers of baby products and nappies, courtesy of Anakku, and angpows by the local leaders.
Lim said caring for her babies and elder son, Yu Xuan, seven, was a never-ending task.
“Imagine the complaints of parents with single babies who get worn out by the activity of their babies. Well, mine is multiplied five times,” said Lim.
Lim and husband, tractor driver Phuah Kian Soon, are thankful for the “bountiful harvest” as they were unable to conceive for six years after Yu Xuan.
Visits to the gynaecologist and fertility treatments did the trick with five babies delivered at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital on Nov 5, 2000, making history in the 133-year-old hospital.
Ng hoped her visit would help to bring some cheer into the Phuah household.
“It is not an easy task to be parents to five babies and a young child. We hope our visit will offer some emotional support to Lim and her husband, to tell them they are not alone in the journey of parenthood, that others care,” she said.
She said Wanita MCA also welcomed financial support, offers of milk powder, clothing, diapers and other benefits from kind-hearted individuals or companies for the babies.