By Emma Unah
CALABAR—Mrs Esther Edet, wife of Dr. Ekpo Edet, a medical practitioner, was delivered of a set of five children (quintuplets), Monday, after 10 years of marriage.
The birth is also the first time University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, UCTH, where Dr. Edet works, and Cross River State is said to have witnessed such.
Dr. Edet, who described the birth of the children as a wonderful blessing from God, yesterday in an interview, said his joy knows no bounds, being a proud father of five children: three girls and two boys coming at the same time.
He said children only come from God and he is thankful to Him for the precious gifts.
According to him, “five children at a go, I want to thank God Almighty. He is a faithful God. This is the first in the history of Cross River State and the first time in the history of UCTH.
“God has been faithful as we have concluded the first phase and the doctors have confirmed that the babies are kicking. We are entering into the second phase and I know it is not going to be easy, but I solicit for support from all well-meaning Nigerians, all my friends and well-wishers.”
Professor Thomas Agan, the Chief Medical Director of UCTH, disclosed that it was a moment of joy for the couple because they had hoped on the Lord for the fruit of the womb.
He said: “I am very excited to see one of my staff in a happy mood. The Lord has done it for them. Five children at a go is a very big blessing to the couple.
“This is the first time in the history of the state that a woman is delivering five children at a go and all the babies are perfectly in good condition.
“I am happy that the UCTH has also set a record of delivering five children safely from one mother.
“The quintuplets are weighing between 1.45kg and 1.75kg and are currently in the Special Care Babies Unit of the hospital.”
Cross River First Lady’s donations
Earlier, the wife of the state governor, Dr. Linda Ayade, had visited the couple, saying that the quintuplets are a blessing to the state and Nigeria at large.
During the visit, Ayade made a donation of N1 million to the couple and another N500,000 to the medical experts, who made sure the babies were delivered safely.
She also donated an incubator machine to the hospital on behalf of the state government to enhance their activities and service delivery.
Dr. Inyang Asibong, the state Commissioner for Health, congratulated the couple for the gift of the quintuplets, saying that those who hope in God will never be left empty.
Asibong commended the Obstetrics and Gynaecology team of UCTH for their professionalism in ensuring successful delivery of the babies.