-From Albert OGRAKA:
In what many described as display of compassion and love, wife of Delta state governor, Dame Edith Okowa, has received the quintuplet born on January 28, 2019 at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba.
The five babies who are all girls according to seniority are Chibuzor, Chioma, Chidinma, Chineye and Chinelo. At birth they weighed 1.15, 0.9, 1.25, 1.1 and 1.2 respectively and at date of discharge they weighed 2.2, 2.05, 2.5, 2.15 and 2.1 respectively.
The mother of the children, Mrs Pascaline Onyejekwu, who was rushed to the FMC from Nnewi, Anambra state, was immediately wheeled to the theatre where a caesarian session was carried out, but she gave up the ghost after the babies were delivered safely.
The deseased mother of the quintuplet is an indigene of Enugu state while the husband is an indigene of Imo state and both resident in Nnewi, Anambra state. The woman, Pascaline Onyejekwu, was a clothes seller at Onitsha market while the husband is an electrician.
Chief medical director of the hospital, Victor Osiatuma, who revealed that the babies were in the hospital for 54 days, noted that through divine intervention, the governor’s wife took over the welfare of the children without a mother.
“From January 28 to March 22, 2019, the children were in the hospital being taken care of by the hospital nurses while the bill was in the hands of the governor’s wife. They were in the hospital for 54 days before they were discharged on Friday, March 22.”
Dame Okowa, who while commending the management of FMC, said: “I like the management of this hospital. They took the woman without a dine paid. God will bless FMC. Today, we are doing God’s will. The children are leaving to where we built for them until their father is ready to pick them.”
She pleaded with the hospital management to send, on a daily basis, a nurse, to take care of the children at the home furnished for them by the 05 Initiative, assuring that “The children will grow and have favour with God because they have come into the hands of God.”
The governor’s wife paid over N600, 000 before the children were discharged from the hospital.
Father of the quintuplets, a 29 years old Kingsley Onyejekwu, an electrician in Onitsha, who lamented the demise of his young wife was thankful to God for using Dame Edith Okowa to bless and bring succor to them.
The children’s mother, according to medical sources, may have died due to lack of antenatal care.
Findings revealed that the children would be taken care of for five years as enshrined in the programme of 05 Initiative.