A 42-year-old woman has given birth to five babies at Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Lokoja, Kogi state, Nigeria, after 18 years of waiting. The woman identified as Uchenna Okeigbo delivered her kids safely and they all are in good condition.
Okeigbo, who is an indigene of Olokoro Amangbo Community, Umuahia south local government area of Abia state, gave birth to three boys and two baby girls on Wednesday, April 17, through a caesarean section.
In an interview with NAN, the woman expressed gratitude to God for the rare gift. She said: “It is not easy to have five children at once.” She also showered praises on her husband for standing by her.
It was gathered that the three boys weighed 1.3kg 1.6kg, 1.7kg, and the two baby girls 1.8kg and 1.9kg, respectively.
The father of the quintuplets identified as James Okeigbo is a 47-year-old man. He was overwhelmed with joy, and described the coming of the babies as the happiest moment of his life and his wife as well.
He said: ”I thank my wife for retaining her respect for me for this 18 years of childlessness without quarreling with me. I am also grateful to her family for standing by us.”
James, however, solicited for assistance from government and members of the public to ensure adequate care for the five children. He said: "As a good citizen of Nigeria, I am appealing to government to help us.”
Grace Ogoke, the consultant, obstetrician and gynecologist at FMC, who handled the delivery of the quintuplets, said she was very happy and gave glory to God for the feat.
In a chat with NAN, the doctor said that she delivered the babies through a caesarean section around 11:45pm, on Wednesday, which coincidentally was her own wedding anniversary day.
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She said: "The three boys came first and the one that first came out has the least weight of 1.3kg. The baby is put under observation inside an incubator because he weighs less than 1.5 kg but the baby is active.”
According to her, the couple approached the hospital when they were seeking for the fruit of the womb with lots of investigations.
Ogoke said: ”After going through all their investigations, I saw that they would need to be assisted, that spontaneous pregnancy medically speaking might not be achievable, and I advised them to be assisted.
The procedure for the assisted reproductive technology through In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) was successful, and the doctor referred them back to her for management of the pregnancy.
I feel very happy and I give glory to God for seeing us through, because it was like all of us are pregnant during the pregnancy. This is my first time of taking delivery of quintuplets, the highest I have taken was three. It is a relief and achievement for all of us and I thank God for that.”
The chief medical director of the Federal Medical Centre, Olatunde Alabi, said that experienced gynecologists and pediatricians were deployed to manage the woman from pregnancy to delivery.
Alabi said it was the first time quintuplets will be delivered at the hospital, adding that the management of the pregnancy and successful delivery of the babies underscored the quality of staff at the hospital and their dedication to duty.
He, however, pleaded for more support for the centre from the government and corporate organisations, especially in the areas of equipment and funding.
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