By Emmanuel Elebeke
Eight months after their birth at the Olabisi Olabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Shagamu, the three surviving babies of the set of sextuplets born to Amudat Bello were last week handed by the management of the hospital to the SOS Village, Owu-Ikija.
OOUTH management said Amudat died of complications few months after giving birth while three of the babiesÂ died of a combination anaemia, infection, feeding disorder, jaundice, breathing disorder and brain complication.
Speaking during the ceremony,Chairman, OOUTH Board, Prof. Femi Akayi regretted the deaths. His words: â€œPermit me to also seize this opportunity to clear some of the misconceptions on the circumstances surrounding the death of the mother of the sextuplets as it was widely speculated that the woman died of acute blood shortage.
The hospital set up an in-house medical committee of experts and their findings never revealed that the woman died of acute blood shortage. Though as an establishment, we are not more experienced and exposed on other necessary precautions that should be taken when handling cases of multiple birth.
He said the handover of the surviving babies was delayed to ensure their medical fitness and consent ofÂ the father, Bello Lukman, andÂ choice of SOS Orphanage Home was considered as a better option for the nurturing of the children.
A highlight of the occasion was announcement of scholarship for the babies up to tertiary level by the Josephine Damilola Foundation.
Ogun State government on the ocassion pledged to establish a trauma center, plus employment of medical staff and supply of modern equipment to the hospital.