The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

New Zealand couple whose triplets died in Qatar mall fire celebrate birth of twins

  • Print

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A New Zealand couple whose 2-year-old triplets were killed last year in a mall fire in Qatar's capital is celebrating the birth of twins.

Martin Weekes said Poppy, a girl, and Parker, a boy, were born Wednesday by cesarean section at 36 weeks. He said his wife, Jane, and the twins are healthy and hope to return home from Auckland's North Shore Hospital next week.

He said he and Jane had mixed emotions about having more children after the deaths of Lillie, Jackson and Willsher in May 2012.

"It wasn't a difficult decision based around the fact that Jane and I really love being parents," he said. "But it was obviously a difficult decision in that you can never replace the children that you had and you never want to. You keep thinking, 'Am I doing the right thing for Lillie, Jackson and Willsher?'"

Nineteen people died in the Doha blaze. Thirteen of the victims, including the triplets, were children attending a daycare centre.

Investigators blamed faulty wiring. Qatar in June convicted five people over the fire, including one of the country's diplomats, Sheik Ali Bin Jasim Thani Al Thani, and his wife. The couple co-owned the daycare centre. All of those convicted are currently free on appeal.

Weekes said he found it difficult to understand why they are not in jail.

"One of the prime defendants is still acting as Qatar's ambassador to the European Union," he said. "It's frustrating, and difficult that we have to go through this again at the retrial."

But Weekes, 47, said he's focusing on the good wishes he's been getting from people around the world.

He said he found it particularly emotional when he first held the twins against his bare chest with a blanket over them. It reminded him of a similar moment he shared with the triplets and he said he wept as he realized his dead children would never get to meet the new babies.

He said the twins are getting to meet his three teenage children from an earlier marriage.

"Jane and I are overwhelmed with the human kindness of people in New Zealand and around the world, how happy they are for us," Weekes said. "It's just amazing."

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Winnipeg Cheapskate: Your cheapskate questions

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • An American White Pelican takes flight from the banks of the Red River in Lockport, MB. A group of pelicans is referred to as a ‘pod’ and the American White Pelican is the only pelican species to have a horn on its bill. May 16, 2012. SARAH O. SWENSON / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
  • A goose heads for shade in the sunshine Friday afternoon at Woodsworth Park in Winnipeg - Day 26– June 22, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Are you worried Ebola might make its way to Canada?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google