by ‘Jola Sotubo
In a remarkable and rare occurrence , a Lagos State couple has been blessed with a set of quadruplets. The mother, who was initially pregnant with five children but lost one mid-term, had been previously told that it was fibroid that had led to her protruded belly.
Kehinde Tijani, a driver and his wife Grace, a caterer, were delivered of three girls and a boy at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH on the 1st of October.
The couple were in awe and expressed gratitude to God for their children but they admitted that they were overwhelmed by the development. The couple, who already have 3 sons, admitted that their meagre income could not possibly cater for 7 children.
Nigerian Eye reports:
The family presently resides in a tiny, rented one-room apartment at Ajangbandi in Okokomaiko, Lagos.
They expressed gratitude to God for the gift of children, but are saddened and fearful of an uncertain future occasioned by poverty and hardship.
Kehinde, who hails from Oyo State, said they need financial assistance to take care of his wife and children.
Grace said: “When I discovered that I wasn’t feeling too well, I went to a private hospital, where they asked me to undergo scan.
“After the scan, they told me that I had fibroid. Then I came to LUTH and after several tests and a scan, it was revealed that I was pregnant with five babies.
“On hearing the news, I got really scared and depressed because of our hard condition. Later, I had a partial miscarriage of one of the fetus because of the fear and depression.
“I have been in the hospital since July. That was three months before I delivered, because of my health conditions. All through this period, my husband had to struggle to make ends meet.
Grace from Delta state, said she has no history of multiple birth in her family.
“The first baby girl weighed about 1.65kg, the second girl, 1.50kg, third girl 1.6Kg. The only boy tipped the scales at 1.45kg.”
At press time, the doctor that took the delivery was unavailable to speak on the babies chances of survival, but the spokesperson for LUTH, Mrs Hope Nwawolo, noted that the babies are in good health and medically stable.
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