BOLA BADMUS and OYEYEMI OJELEYE report on how a mother of five girls, Iyabo Oladunni, with the eldest being 12 years old ended up giving birth to a set of quadruplets while desperately searching to have just a boy.
Children are the heritage of God and blessed is the man that his quiver is full of them,” says the Holy book, but not in the situation of 35-year-old Iyabo Oladunni, a mother of five girls who was blessed with a set of quadruplets at 5:14pm on Friday 24, 2012 at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan . Iyabo and her husband,Olayemi, live in Ijaye Orile near Ibadan, Oyo State.
When Saturday Tribune visited the woman at the hospital, she disclosed that she is a tailor by profession, while her husband is a welder, but he has taken to farming since the business was no longer booming as it used to be.
The mother of five girls before the birth of the quadruplets said that her aim and hope of having another baby after the five girls was to have a boy. But to her amazement, God gave her more than she requested and expected.
Moreover, Iyabo Oladunni said that the eldest of the first five girls, who is now 12 years old, lives with her father’s younger brother at Lagos. The second girl, 8-year-old, is presently in Nursery 3 in a school in Ijaye; the third born, a set of twins, are in Nursery 1 and the fifth girl, aged three years has not started schooling.
When asked how she feels about the birth of the babies, Iyabo said “I have mixed feelings about their deliveries. I’m partly happy and partly sad. I’m happy because I have a male which is my desire among the four children, and sad because I don’t
have the wherewithal to take care of them in a rented room where we live. ”
According to Iyabo, although the couple were both desirous to have a male child, it was amazing that her husband and the father of the quadruplets, Olayemi, took to his heels immediately he had an inkling a day to his wife’s delivery.
Recounting her husband ‘s reaction when he heard she was carrying four babies in her womb, Iyabo said “after a scan was carried out in the month of March this year, and it showed there were four babies in my womb, I was afraid and started crying.
But the doctor who did the ultrasound test encouraged me to pray to God for assistance instead of weeping. The man also told me that God, who put them there, will definitely take care of them. When I got home after the scan, I told my husband about it and he kept asking me “Ibo ni mo fe ko merin wo (where do I take the four babies to)?” She, however, pleaded with her husband wherever he is that he should return home so that they can jointly take care of the babies, even as she called on the Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, to come to the aid of the babies in whatever ways he deems fit. She also appealed to Nigerians generally to come to her rescue.
According to the pastor of the Oladunnis, Evangelist Olawumi Abiola of Emmanuel Anglican Church, Ijaye Orile, Akinyele Local Government, Ibadan, “Mrs. Iyabo Oladunni started complaining of stomach pain for a very long time and had used some medications. When she told me that the pain persisted, I persuaded her to undergo a medical test in order to get to the root of the stomach pain. After the test, she discovered that it was pregnancy and I told her that she should go and register in a hospital outside Ijaye. She obeyed and came to register at Adeoyo State Hospital. I can’t afford to lose her as I lost another member of the church about two years ago.”
Evangelist Abiola spoke about the committment of the Oladunnis , especially the wife owing to the fact that women are generally committed to the work of God. He also expressed his gratitude to God for keeping the four babies and their mothers alive.
“Since we got to UCH, it’s been God providing our needs. The husband took to his heels when he heard of the amount of money needed to settle the hospital bills and all efforts to reach him have been to no avail. Honestly, the expenses have been so much since the Friday we were transferred here from Adeoyo Hospital, when it was observed that the last baby has a low birth weight.
But I implore Nigerians to come to our aid, most especially considering the future of these children. The responsibility cannot be carried by an individual more so that the parents live in a village; there is no money in the village.”
Also speaking, the mother-in-law, Madam Moyiola Oladunni, said, “I’m very happy for this miraculous work of God. When God gives me this blessing, I can’t question him, but my major concern is how to take care of these blessings because it’s not a one-man responsibility.”
She said that the father of the quadruplets is her second child. She disclosed that his son told her about his desire to have a son, and that his wife was pregnant.
“I did’ not pass any comment because I’m not living with them. So, much later after the scan was done and he knew that his wife as carrying four babies, I warned them against abortion.”
Olayemi’s mother opined that her son ran away because he was afraid. When asked whether she knows about her son’s whereabouts, she said, “no” and that her earnest prayer is that God will lead him back home.
To the government and Nigerians, she asks for help as there is little she could do for the children with her income from selling farm produce.
According to the matron on duty as of the time Saturday Tribune visited,the babies were brought into the ward from the labour ward after their deliveries. “The mother’s condition is okay but for the normal pain she is having because the uterus is going back to the normal position. After the woman’s delivery, three quadruplets out of the four were brought from the labour ward.
The second quadruplet was taken to the Special Baby Care Unit (SBCU) on Tuesday because she has low birth weight, while the third quadruplet was not brought into the ward as a result of her low birth weight and Asphyxia. The only boy among them weighed 1.75 at birth,which is the weightiest of them all,” the matron, who refused to disclose her name, said.
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