By a Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA – Nigeria’s first test tube baby, Miss. Hannatu Kupchi has been given admission into a Hungarian university to study medicine.
This came 17 years after Kupchi was born at Nisa Premier Hospital in Abuja, precisely on February 11 1998.
Speaking at a brief ceremony to mark his send forth in Abuja on Sunday, Dr. Ibrahim Wada, the medical director of Nisa Premier hospital that supervised the first IVF experiment in Nigeria stated that Kupchi’s birthday marked the fulfillment of his medical career.
While appreciating God for using him and his team, Wada who expressed happiness on Kupchi’s university admission announced an automatic employment for her after her medical training abroad.
“It is very difficult to make a statement on a day like this. When I was out of this country, I knew there were people who wanted babies. I made the decision to come back to Nigeria to help people. It happened on the 11th of February 1998 when this historic event occurred at this hospital.
“The baby of that historic day is going to become a doctor. Because the parents stood firm, we were able to help others. You gave us government recognition and that was important. It was the first time that a federal minister came to receive a baby in Nigeria. I want to assure you (Hannatu), when you graduate, there is an automatic employment when you finish your medical school in Europe.”
Responding, Miss Kupchi expressed gratitude to the hospital for given her “a life”.
She hinted that what informed her choice to study medicine was to help save the lives of other children even though it had not been easy making it to the university.
She stated that most of her mates could scale through the process, thanking God for His Grace on her life.
She said by her birth, misconceptions about IVF were broken and that many more children would be born.
She said: “I am very grateful to be sent off like this. It is not everybody that gets this opportunity. God has a big hand in this. God was behind me. I want God to use me get more children. I am hoping that through me God will make people see the value of having children. I will specialize in genealogy and obstetrics.
“I barely made it beyond the cut off mark. God helped me. I am going to try my best and make everyone proud. I am studying medicine because I want to be a doctor. I want to study it because I want God to use me to help families who suffered what my parents went through,” she said.
In his remarks, Mr. Hosea Kupchi, father of Hannatu, said: “We had 13 years of marriage without a child and we went through the orthodox method without any success. But along the line, my sister inlaw told me that there is one Dr. Wada that has been helping couples. That is how we came.
“Then challenges came again on how to let the world know that we have achieved this feat locally here in Nigeria. There are a lot of couples out there that are not ready to speak out. One, there is issue of stigmatisation, but I said to myself that nobody light the candle and put it under the bed.”
Also speaking, the mother who couldn’t hide her joy recalled how peaceful and understanding her husband had been even in the midst of adversities.
According to her, Miss Kupchi was the only result of a 30 years marriage.
She said that the family decided to make the birth public to declare God’s glory and also encourage other families who may have a similar challenge not to die in silence.
“There are men but this one stands out. I am grateful to God. Infertility is not a bus stop”, she said.