By Sola Ogundipe
Another set of quadruplets has been born at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba, Lagos. It is the second time in seven days that quadruplets will be safely delivered at the tertiary health institution, reputed to have the most functional neonatal unit in the country.

The babies, two boys and two girls, were delivered through Ceasarean Section yesterday morning at about 10.30 by the same medical team that took delivery of the first set of quadruplets last week. A statement issued by the LUTH Public Relations Unit confirmed that the babies were born premature at the gestational age of 27 weeks and weighed between 0.75kg and 0.95kg.

The statement signed by the PRO, Mrs Hope Nwawolo, disclosed that the babies are doing fine in the well-equipped neonatal unit of the hospital. She observed that their mother, 33-year-old Mrs. Bunmi Oladele, a housewife, is recuperating after the two-hour surgery.

Vanguard also gathered that the mother of the quadruplets was initially referred to the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital from the General Hospital, Ile-Epo,in  Agege where she had been diagnosed tro be carrying a multiple birth pregnancy. She was later transferred to LUTH from the Island Maternity on Tuesday night because the latter admitted it was not adequately equipped to cater for the babies after they would have been born..

Oladele who was subsequently referred and placed on observation and prepared for delivery through Ceasarean Section almost immediately on arrival at LUTH. Expressing joy, she gave thanks to God for sparing her life throughout the pregnacy and during the ordeal of delivery through surgery.”I’m filled with joy and gratitude to God Almighty. I give Him all the glory,” she noted.

However, father of the quadruplets, Mr Kola Oladele, an artisan, said he was shocked when he first received the news that his wife was expecting quadruplets.”I did not expect it, I did not even expect twins, not to talk of four babies, but I take it as God’s doing.

The problem now is the huge responsibility. I have already spend more than N50,000 today alone. How do I take care of the babies because we had two children initially but lost one last August. I did not plan to have more than two children initially. I need help to cater for them.”


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