A 42-year-old woman has given birth to five babies (quintuplets) at Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja, Kogi, after 18 years of barrenness.
Mrs Uchenna Okeigbo and her kids are in good condition, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Okeigbo, a native of Olokoro Amangbo Community, Umuahia South Local Government Area of Abia State , gave birth to three boys and two girls on Wednesday, April 17 through Caesarean Section.
She was full of praises to God for the rare gift of five babies at a go after waiting for 18 years.
”It is not easy to have five children at once,” Okeigbo said.
She showered praises on her husband for standing by her. The quintuplets, three boys and two girls, weighed 1.3kg ,1.6kg, 1.7kg, 1.8kg and 1.9kg respectively.
However, the first baby, who weighed 1.3kg was still inside the incubator as at the time this reporter visited the place.
The father of the quintuplets, Mr James Okeigbo, 47, an employee of a private establishment, who was overwhelmed with joy, described the coming of the babies as the happiest moment of his life and his wife as well.
His words: “I thank my wife for retaining her respect for me these 18 years of childlessness without quarrelling with me.
“I am also grateful to her family for standing by us.”
He solicited assistance from government and members of the public to ensure adequate care for the five children.
Dr Grace Ogoke, consultant, obstetrician and gynaecologist at FMC, Lokoja, who handled the delivery of the quintuplets, said the couple approached FMC when they were seeking for the fruit of the womb with a lot of investigations