By Sola Ogundipe
For Jenny Samuel, of 29, Obafemi Ajayi Street, Lawanson, Surulere, Lagos, the birth of herÂ first baby,Â Desire, on New Yearâ€™s day, is a fulfilment of a long-standing dream to be a mother.
Jenny, whose baby emerged the first baby of 2010 at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Idi-Araba, said the birth of the baby through elective Caesarean Section, was a mission accomplished.
She told Good Health Weekly during a visit atÂ Ward C of the post natalÂ wing of the hospital shortly after she was delivered of the baby, that the surgical procedure was neccesitated by a health condition she acquired several years ago. â€œ I had a road traffic accident about six years ago that led to dislocation of the left side of my pelvis, that is why I opted for elective surgery to minimise complications that could arise from labour of natural birth.
â€œThere were so many emergency cases at the hospital on December 31st when I was admitted and I could not be attended to until this morning. But I thank God everything went fine.â€ The 3.8 kg baby boy was born on the dot of 7.00am, January 1st, 2010.
â€œAs the mother of the first baby of the new year at this hospital I feel so great and very good about it. I have been desiring to have a baby of my own, that is why I have named the baby Desire. I have been seeing children playing around and I have been praying to God for own. He is my heartâ€™s desire and I am glad he has finally come.
Jenny who finshed her National Youth Service Corps programme in 2006 has been searching for a job ever since.Â â€œI am still an applicant and only hoping for better luck in the newÂ year.Â I have no regrets whatsoever and Iâ€™ll like to encourage people looking for this kind of blessing, not to lose hope because Jesus is alive.
â€œYears ago, when I had the accident, I was advised against pregnancy because I was told I could not carry the pregnancy with one leg, but glory be to God, ever since my first month of pregnancy, I have not had any problem.â€