UGO ALARIBE, Aba
A middle aged housewife, Mrs Jane Mbanwuchula, who was delivered of a set of quadruplets (two boys, two girls) at St. Anthony’s Hospital, Etche road, Aba, in Abia state has been left stranded at the hospital following her inability to settle the bill hospital totalling N1.5million.
Mbanwuchula who gave birth to the quadruplet through caesarean section after a team of doctors at the hospital operated on her in the early hours of Monday has however, appealed to government and public spirited individuals to come to her aid as her husband has sold all their belongings and yet, the bill is yet to be realized.
Close associates of the Mbanwuchula family told our correspondent that the couple’s joy of being blessed with another child may have turned to a ‘curse’ as a result of the development.
Said a neighbour to the family, “After giving birth to three male children, the couple wanted to have a female child as their last baby, but they got the quadruplet in return, now having a total of seven children, (5 boys, two girls). The woman has been in hospital since she gave birth because of the huge bill.”
A nurse at the St. Anthony Hospital located on Etche road along East street, Aba, who declined to have her name on print said the babies look healthy and are being taken care of to avoid any untoward incident.
The nurse disclosed that the babies need to be transferred to a better equipped medical facility due to the circumstances of their birth.
According to her, “The babies were delivered at 35weeks instead of the 38-40 weeks normal period. Their weights are not the same and that is why they needed to be transferred to another hospital with incubating facilities where they will be closely monitored until their maturity stage. Apart from that, the babies are doing well and there were no complications or health challenges, at least for now.”
In an interview with Daily Champion, father of the quadruplet, Mr. Chima Igboeceheonwu Mbanwuchula expressed God for a successful surgery and appealed for assistance from government and the general public to settle the N1.5million hospital bills.
Mbanwuchula lamented that the appeal has become necessary as he still needs money to offset other medical expenses including the feeding of their newly born babies.
“This is my first time of seeing this kind of blessing. I used to hear or read about it in newspapers, but now it has become a reality in my own case. I have three boys already and while we were looking for a female child, the quadruplet came. I am pleading with the government to and public spirited individuals for assistance. The doctor called to tell me that some of the babies need to be in incubator because their weight is not up to what it is supposed to be. They need to be transferred to the Abia State General Hospital (ABSUTH) which has the incubating facility which is what the babies need now.
“It is not easy to train one and now that I have seven children with the addition of these four. So, I want the government and spirited individuals to come to our help so that we can leave the hospital and enable the babies get the required medical care,” Mbanwuchula said.
In an emotion laden voice, mother of the quadruplet, Jane disclosed that the scan she underwent before ante-natal session showed that she had quadruplet.
“I didn’t know I would be delivered of quadruplet. I was very shocked, but my husband assured me that nothing is going to happen to them that I will deliver at the appropriate time and now God has done it in His appointed time. I am appealing to the government and the people who are touched by our situation to come and help us.”
The couple pleaded that any form of financial assistance should be sent through this account number: Igbom Chima Henry, First Bank Nig. Plc, 3006860092.