A 42-year-old woman has given birth to five babies at Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Lokoja, Kogi state, after 18 years of waiting. The woman identified as Uchenna Okeigbo delivered her kids 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.
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.”