BN Our Stories, Our Miracles: Going “Out on A Limb” – With Her Daughter’s Limb Amputation, Crystal Chigbu Turned Her Challenge into Blessings for Many

Each and every African at home and in diaspora has a unique story. Many have been through experiences can only be described as miracles. Tragedy and strife converted through faith and perseverance. So in July 2012, BellaNaija embarked on a mission! Our mission was to share OUR Stories and OUR Miracles. The response we received has been overwhelmingly positive and BN Our Stories, Our Miracles is now an ongoing feature on BellaNaija in 2013.

Mothers are unique gems and a mother’s love is such a powerful force. It is one that a lot of women feel when their babies are placed in their arms for the very first time. It is one that never wavers, through thick and thin. A mother’s love oozes right through Crystal Chigbu. Told by the doctors that there was a deformation in her daughter’s right limb, Crystal and her husband Zubi struggled with the challenges of having to make the difficult decision of amputation. However, one thing sets Crystal apart, her desire to help others in her shoes. After the amputation, with the support of her loving husband, she decided to take her work outside of her home. She started The IREDE Foundation with the aim of helping children without limbs have meaningful lives. We were totally inspired by her story and we hope you are too.

Me
My name is Crystal Chigbu and I have two lovely children – Beulah and Eden. I come from a family of ten children and I am the last child. I studied Biochemistry at the University of Lagos and I currently work as a Manager at one of the top FMCG companies in Nigeria. I love meeting people, listening to people’s challenges and proffering solutions as much as I can.

Beautiful Beulah
Beulah is a charming little girl who is assertive and determined. She was born in Enugu Nigeria on the 20th of May 2009. Even though she is just 3 years old, she has a contagious ‘can-do’ spirit that can make the hopeless want to live life afresh.

She was diagnosed with Tibial hemimelia of the right leg; which is a congenital absence of the tibia and in her case absence of the patella (Knee Cap) too.

In simple English, this is basically the absence of the knee cap and the big bone between the knee and ankle. It could have been detected during pregnancy but in her case it was not detected until we gave birth to her.

How I Felt
Initially when I got to know about it, I thought my whole world was going to collapse. I asked all sorts of rhetoric questions. Why me? Why us? Why would God be so unfair to give me a problem such as this? The fact that we were told we had to amputate did not help matters. How was I supposed to manage a “disabled” child? I am usually a very strong and faith-filled person; having gone through my fair share of life’s trials and overcoming. But sincerely at that point, I was confused, I felt dejected and forgotten about and I believed I would not be able to manage the situation. However for every time I breastfed her, I fell more and more in love with this little angel of mine and I became determined to do all it would take to get her to live a fulfilled life.

Getting a Prosthetic Leg
After going back and forth on the decision to amputate we decided to. For starters, taking the decision to amputate was extremely difficult! We actually ‘missed’ scheduled surgeries but we finally went ahead to amputate the limb when she was 2 years and 3 months old. Once the area was healed completely (about 2 months post-surgery) she got a prosthetic limb. Interestingly at that time, she was the youngest amputee at the National Orthopaedic Hospital Enugu; so we were favoured and getting the initial prosthesis was not that difficult.

Peaks & Valleys
The most challenging times were before her amputation. We had to carry her everywhere. She could not be independent and it restricted where we could go. My husband and I had to work our program around hers.

I will never forget the day she came back from school as a 2 year old and asked why other children in her class could walk and she was still crawling. That day, I cried my eyes out and wished I could make the bone grow out immediately.

By His grace, we have had lots of good times. I remember the day she swam for the first time…I still cried but this time out of joy and gratitude to God. Perhaps the most memorable was seeing her standing in her school uniform! There are also other days like the first time she showed her Dad her ballet poise, stood to sing a carol in school and so many others.

Sibling Love
Our son, Eden is 20 months. Beulah is super-protective of him. He actually thinks the prosthesis is a toy and one of the words he can say is prosthesis. I also have 3 adopted daughters aged 16, 14 and 13. They love Beulah so much and don’t see any form of disability in her. She gets her fair share of discipline as the older girls would spank her if she does anything wrong.

Emotional Support & Staying Strong
Thank God for family! My husband, Zubi, has been my rock…in short, he has been our rock! He taught our daughter most of the things she knows today. From when she was as little as 3 months old, he would take time to talk to her and tell her of how beautiful she is, assuring her that all was going to be well with her. I also owe a lot to my mum who stayed with me for almost 9 months after I had Beulah. I sincerely cannot imagine how I would have coped without her being there.

Little wonder one of Beulah’s best friends is her Grandma Efusanya. I drew strength from God and the promises of Scripture. My husband was also solidly present for me. His reassurances my confidence and lifted the weight. My friends (Ifeoma Obi , Kemi Nwajei, Sylvia Chima and Iphie Adizue) were also of great support; Ify’s girls did not want to lose sight of their “baby sister.” Most of all my husband and I held to the promise that God will take care of Beulah. I also surrounded myself with inspirational songs especially from Juanita Bynum and Cece Winans. Succinctly, I set my mind on the assurance of God’s Love and the knowledge that He was and still is concerned.

The IREDE Foundation
After Beulah’s amputation, I started writing about our experiences to motivate other mothers to children with limb loss. With time, I began to receive calls from doctors to counsel parents and share my story… it was then I knew it was time to launch out and we incorporated The IREDE Foundation. By God’s grace, over the last three years, I have grown from a confused first-time mom to a pillar for my daughter; challenging her to believe in herself, engage in all activities her peers engage in and live her life to the fullest. I believe that the worst kind of disability is in the mind; and this is what I wish to share with all kids with limb loss, their families and care-givers. At The IREDE Foundation, we stand for hope, joy and a purposeful life to child amputees. As such, we are focused on 3 things:
a. Educating care-givers and the society on congenital limb loss; and how to relate and care for children with this kind of loss.
b. Encouraging children and affected families to forge ahead despite the challenges of limb loss via the establishment of Support groups.
c. Empowering child amputees to live their life to the fullest; via mentoring/coaching sessions and the provision of prosthetic limbs to indigent children between the ages of 1 -10 years.

Presently, we have 1 permanent staff and welcome volunteers.

The Road Traveled Thus Far
God has indeed been faithful and since inception in September 2012, we have given 3 indigent children prosthetic limbs; and we are working on 2 more children this quarter. Our first beneficiary was a 3 year old girl –Kelechi- who lost both legs after a brief illness before she ever walked. Her parents were at a loss on what to do and she was not enrolled in school. Today, Kelechi not only stands, she walks, runs, dances and is now in school.

Kelechi

Kelechi

Our second beneficiary – Chidiebere is a 9 year old boy, who lost over 80% of his right leg due to gangrene resulting from a mismanaged fracture. Today, Chidiebere has a prosthetic leg and can now live an independent life.

Chidebere

Chidebere

The Foundation in 5 Years
Our first goal is to drive awareness on the challenges facing child amputees and how to care for them. As such, on Saturday, the 6th of April this year, we will be having the ‘OUT ON A LIMB’ Awareness walk in Lagos. Our desire is to have 500-1000 people at this awareness walk; thus we encourage anyone interested in giving hope, joy and meaning to child amputees to join us. More details on how to do so are available at www.theiredefoundation.org. In 5 years, we would like to have given 250 prosthetic limbs to child amputees; and in 10 years, we would like to prepare child amputees for the Olympics!

Walk in My Shoes? Stay Strong
Keep the dream of a beautiful future for your child in front of you always! Teach your child that there is nothing special or limiting in his/her disability….and treat him/her as such. I and the whole family treat Beulah like every other child…do you know that even with her prosthesis, she kneels to greet her grandma The ability to overcome is all in the mind; and we at The IREDE Foundation are always here to support and encourage you when you feel down or need a shoulder to cry on.

Photo Credit: fotolighthouse. Styling for the photo shoot by ImageCliniq
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For more information about the IREDE Foundation and a chance to be part of the great work the foundation is doing, click to please visit - www.theiredefoundation.org

126 Comments on BN Our Stories, Our Miracles: Going “Out on A Limb” – With Her Daughter’s Limb Amputation, Crystal Chigbu Turned Her Challenge into Blessings for Many
  • lady March 28, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    wow truly inspiring and no kidding Beulah is beautiful……am happy your experience has inspired and challenged you to a vision where you can also inspire others. Thank God for your daughter and may she grow up to be the strong, confident and beautiful individual God created her to be……

    • Chigbu Crystal April 1, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      Thank you Lady ……Amen

  • Kachi March 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    May God continue to bless you and the kids, amen.

  • dontmention March 28, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Wow…….very inspiring………great to see such strong hope and thanks for sharing Bc some African parents rule dier children out Bc of a little handicap like dat which can be tended to with prosthetics…….sure it is expensive but having hope in the face of difficulty is first of all very important and kudos for having such a foundation to help out…….may God continue to bless the fruit of your hands and your family…..
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  • Joe March 28, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Hmm this is really a touching story..its good she has shared her story of her little baby girl…this will turn to educate the masses …

  • nnenne March 28, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    amazing. Beulah is such an angel, i love her already. her vivaciousness is contagious even from my pc screen. Crystal, the Lord will continually be your strength and he will give you more grace to function. truly your husband is a rare gem, God bless him also. i’m so touched.

  • vee March 28, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    God bless u ma’am….keep up the Good work.

    • Chigbu Crystal April 1, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      Thank you Lady ……Amen

      Thank you and God Bless you al too

  • reallyyyyyy!!! March 28, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    God bless you Beulah! You will be a blessing to your generation. God bless you too mum!

  • Nk March 28, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Am touched beyond words. Thanks for sharing

  • Mariaah March 28, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    WOW!! Inspiring story.. I love Beulah!! The ballet pose took my breath away!! 3 yr old Beulah can swim and agbaya like me can’t haha!!

    Crystal, may God bless you and let your foundation grow!!! That olympics dream will come through!!!

    I love the name Beulah..

  • Teary eyes March 28, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    this is a touching story. ur daughter is very beautiful. i pray She grows and fufill all her dreams. my sis son was born with his feet upside down,thank God my sis and her hubby with God’s help and after several surgeries the foot was corrected. Now he is 11years and walking normally. Thank you for sharing with us.

  • Alex March 28, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    so touching

  • Princess March 28, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Very inspiring. may God bless you and your family and keep you strong as you put smiles on the faces of others.

  • oluchy March 28, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Very inspiring, more power to your elbow. God bless you for giving these kids second chance at life.

  • BIMBY March 28, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    God bless u dear Crystal. More power to your elbow. I love Beulah. May God bless and keep her through the days of her life in Jesus’ name. AMEN

  • ayodele kemi March 28, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    may God bless as u put smiles on people face.u shal grow 4rm strenght 2 strenght

  • Phola March 28, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    WoW! I have never been this much inspired. GBU Beulah.

  • Dlapikin March 28, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Very inspiring!!!

  • Anon March 28, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Very touching story. I applaud your strength in the face of adversity. I see Beulah truly doing great things in future, she is adorable! blessings to you all!

  • ehi wonder March 28, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    God bless the works of ur hands and increase you on every side. thank you for putting smiles on the faces of these families. u r indeed an inspiration to many.

  • Eugenia March 28, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    SO INSPIRING…..GOD BLESS U AND UR WONDERFUL FAMILY. JUST HAS UR NAME BEULAH, SO SHALL UR DAYS BE IN JESUS NAME.

  • Slim March 28, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    She is beautiful

  • aiphee March 28, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Oh my!such an inspiring story.Beulah’s such an angel.God Bless u n ur family.

  • konnie March 28, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    God bless you and your family especially Beulah because she has been a source of grace, strength and blessings to your family and to others. god bless you all. Keep up the good work

  • Seyi March 28, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    This is so inspiring. Plus that little girl is beautiful.

  • Lolo March 28, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Crystal, your faith SHINES through!! I love how you wrote this – may God give you many more reasons to testify of his goodness! Beulah is so pretty! I love her ballet pictures :)
    (I also noticed the acknowledgment of your husband. This is why it is good to marry with wisdom and direction from God o!)

  • Nini March 28, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    So inspiring,had tears in my eyes.God bless you and yours richly

  • jade March 28, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Amazing, may God continue to be with you and your family.

  • pearl March 28, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Beulah U will be great In Jesus name!!!….lots of love

  • Purpleicious Babe March 28, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    I love love love love the story, you, your family, the little beautiful B (Beulah), I love the positive changes and the charity you have started. You are what I call a “Living Testimony”. God chose you because he knew you would make an impact. If anything, I feel like you are blessed and highly favoured. Why: You are giving hope, faith, believe, confidence and assurance to many many many many many children.

    You are the voice of many parents that wish they could but they haven’t. The bible says God will not tempt us beyond what we cant take. This is the revelation of it, he knew you could cope and will cope. Goodness, I love your spirit and your are in my prayers and the foundation too. I would definitely say am PROUD of parents like yourselves that are empowering generations and pursing vision and hope for children with special needs esp in developed countries. I am so certain Beulah will grow up beautifully with determination and grace. You will be the happiest Mum ever, cos she will make you so proud…. I should stop here. I like the story, truly inspirational and encouraging. Loves…xxxxx

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  • Onyi March 28, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Moved to tears….I am inspired by your story..and thank God for ur life, husband that stood by you, ur family and equally friends….God Bless u …loads of love

  • annonymous March 28, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Beulah is such a beauty!!!Breathtaking she is!!!I just love her already!!!You are destined for greatness darling…God continue to bless your family Crytal…beautiful family you have..

  • Dee March 28, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Wow, so inspiring! Beulah is a beautiful girl and i love the fact that you are teaching her that she can do whatever she desires and be what she wants. What a wonderful family you have and may God continue to bless you and your husband as you raise the amazing children he has given to you.

  • Ada March 28, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    I cant help but notice she said she has 2 children but further down the srticle she says she has 3 adopted daughters, it would have been nice to recognise the other 3 kids. That being said, this is such an inspiring story and i wish you and your family all the best.

    • Inosendanymanoh April 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      ada am sure if you read the story again and comprehend the english then you will know from the ages of the adopted children they are a later addition to the family……….next time read and understand so you don’t make insinuations like cos they are adopted they are not recognized…..

  • Me too March 28, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Wao. God bless you and your husband for being strong and positive minded towards your daughter. I pray the Almighty God will uphold her and help her mightily all through her life time in Jesus name. Amen. Please how can we contribute financially for IREDE Foundation

    • Chigbu Crystal April 1, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      Thank you ….
      We have different platforms , kindly go to our website theiredefoundation.org and go to the donate page . Also you can give to use through 234give platform 234give.com/donate_main.php?id=50

  • Abimbola Dare March 28, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    beautiful. God bless this home.

  • Mz Socially Awkward… March 28, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    I teared up.

    You’ve professed your faith in God and so I thank Him for the strength and love you have for your baby girl. She’s a beauty and you sound like you’re setting her on the right path, building her confidence to boldy march into a fulfilled life without limits. I pray that she grows into a strong, amazing woman and always fills you with pride.

  • Sharon March 28, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    waoo!!! I think i have held back for so long and i really think i have to also put my story out there via Bella naija some day. I am a person living with physical disability having being through so much and being able to conquer lots of grounds and at a very good place at the moment. i think it will be great to lift someones spirit by telling my story. i must also encourage parents with problem kids of any sort to try and be there for there kids in the best way possible. good job Crystal love the work you do. Disability i must say is not a cause rather, a tag and it is up to the individual to choose to wear it. “Love conquers all”

    • Chigbu Crystal April 1, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      Hugs ( Bear hug Sharon ) if you ever need a shoulder to cry on or someone to talk to do send me a mail info@theiredefoundation.org . I will send inbox you my personal number.
      BE STRONG ! THERE IS ABILITY IN DISABILITY

  • Demmy March 28, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Aww what a touching story. Love reading things like this, so much inspiration and a look into the different things people face in their lives. x

  • Rawse March 28, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    awwwwww shez sooo pretty. Dnt worry mama God is in control

  • Royal Cuteness March 28, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Very Touching story…God bless them. Their children will all grow in Gods name. amen!

  • Tongryang Pantu March 28, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Oh dear, had tear in my eyes all through. Beulah is such a lively and beautiful child. God keep her and bless you and your family.

  • Sara Adebayo March 28, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    The most beautiful family in Nigeria and the most kind hearted mother in Nigeria!! Stay blessed my dear. Will visit your foundation. And all the best to your daugthers and all children out there.

  • R March 28, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Beautiful! What a princess. God continue to bless the family

  • jcsgrl March 28, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Wow! I cant stop the tears from flowing. This family is soo beautiful…I mean physically and in every other way. Gosh let me go blow my nose…

  • omo March 28, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Wow… God is good, God is love!

  • Funke March 28, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    When I read stories like this, I realise that by being positive, one can over come anything. I love the way you narrated your story, and I admire and respect your strength. I love the way you brought her up with so much confidence and the fact that she is living her life to the fullest. I pray God strengthens you and bless you and yours. May you realise your dream for your foundation

  • Bisola March 28, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    This is a good project and I pray God will continue to strengthen you to do more and your children will continue to be a source of joy to your home .

  • nene March 28, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    God bless this family. they are a beautiful and strong family.

  • k8 March 28, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    wow…dis is amazing.Thanks for not giving up but even using that as an opportunity to help odas; God will indeed reward you. keep up the faith and i assure you, He will enlarge ur coast.Beulah is such a beautiful and a happy kid..its a proof of quality time invested in her..God bless you.

  • LOLS March 28, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    God bless you and your endeavours abundantly… extremely touching.

  • PD March 29, 2013 at 1:39 am

    May heaven continue to bless Beulah,ur entire family and the works of ur hands..I am convinced you re fulfilling destiny cos you re a blessing to other families.You re indeed an overcomer because you’re in Christ…..being in Christ makes the difference!!

  • Ify March 29, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Beautiful! Ji si ike!

  • suckerforfashion March 29, 2013 at 2:57 am

    Keep up the good work! I pray you achieve much more than you ever hoped for.
    You are an inspiration to many.

  • feisty chic March 29, 2013 at 4:59 am

    how can we donate funds to your foundaion?

    • Crystal March 30, 2013 at 8:19 am

      just visit our website: theiredefoundation.org; you will see options available. plus you can volunteer in different capacities.

    • Chigbu Crystal April 1, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      Thank you for showing interest in donating to the foundation.. Simply go to the website , theiredefoundation.org , and go to the donate page .

  • feisty chic March 29, 2013 at 4:59 am

    foundation sorry

  • Stella Kashmoney March 29, 2013 at 7:34 am

    So inspiring. Beulah is so beautiful. May God continue to bless you and your family.

  • enyinna March 29, 2013 at 8:24 am

    I thank God that first and foremost they are rich parents for them to have paid all the hospital bills. And after the amputation the child still lives, for me thats the greatest miracle. THANKS TO GOD!

  • Deji Olatunde March 29, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Beulah is my god daughter and I also happen to be her official photographer. She is the sweetest 3 year old I know, loved and admired by all where ever she goes. She is bubbling with life and very intelligent. I thank God for her parents particularly Zubi – A father and husband he has been in every sense of the word. I marvel when I look at him and Beulah discussing – like 2 adults reasoning together. I think parents have a lot to learn from this family. And just so that you know, all the poses you see in the photos above were Beulah’s… she had very little direction from me during our shoot.

    • Chigbu Crystal April 1, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      Thank you Lady ……Amen

      Thank you Uncle Deeejiiiii and the Fotolighthouse team . We truly appreciate your contribution to The Irede Foundation

  • Funke March 30, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Amazing!! May God continue to bless you and your family as you reach out to others in need!

  • D Fairy GodSister March 30, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Beautiful story! Thank you Bella Naija for this!

  • Ohaeri Joy March 30, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Lord am nothing without you,pls give her the strength. Touching story ……

  • nasa March 30, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    OH THE MERCY OF OUR GOD……..MAY HE CONTINUE TO GRANT YOU AND THE FOUNDATION GRACE TO FORGE AHEAD

  • foluke March 30, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    You are doing a beautiful thing. Your daughter is strong, amazing and beautiful. She is definitely purposed for greatness. May God continue to bless you and your family!!!!!!!!

  • chino March 30, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    gosh am in tears…ds has bn ma dream to start up a foundation and help people..hope God gives me the opporttunity

  • Tess March 30, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    This reminds me of the Bible scripture ” And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28). Through Beulah’s disability, disabled kids have been blessed and given a new lease of life and their parents educated.

    Crystal may God bless you as you bless others, you are an amazing lady!

  • Gbeminiyi Laolu-Adewale March 31, 2013 at 1:12 am

    Life gave you a lemon and you made a lemonade out of it. You didn’t however stop there, but you’re teaching others how not to see their lemon as a sour thing but to go make lemonade. God bless you dear Crystal. You are a woman of great courage. XOXO

    • Chigbu Crystal April 1, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      Thank you Lady ……Amen

      @GLA thx alot , Thank you for consistently supporting The IREDE Foundation financially and with your word of encouragement . U rock sis !

  • Dafidi Mimo March 31, 2013 at 1:55 am

    Irede Foundation. Turning your mountain into a climbing stone to reach out, to touch lives. I am inspired!

  • Lolade March 31, 2013 at 2:09 am

    Love you Beulah….

  • kikelomo March 31, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    This is really touching, very inspiring….I hope to be part of it.

    • Chigbu Crystal April 1, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      Thank you Lady ……Amen

      Kindly check our website theiredefoundation.org , there are varied ways to be apart of the amazing work and also be a part of the children’s lives. our face book page is facebook.com/theiredefoundation. we are also on twitter , the handle is @theirede

  • Oluwatosin March 31, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    I love your spirit, love the family and I pray God will keep favouring you.Remain blessed

  • Lekan ADE April 1, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Crystal thank you for going against a culture that believes things of this nature is a taboo due to ignorance. Also, i have read through all the comments here not one person is asking how they can be a part of the movement making this kind of impact. All I see is may God bless you etc. God has already blessed you and you are already fulfilling your purpose. Nigerian ask how you can support a worthy course. Thank you

  • Chi April 1, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    What an inspiring couple! You are indeed a fiine example in our culture that looks down on the disabled. I noticed another culture shock in your family – adoption.Unfortunately, at the onset you desccribed yourself as a mother of 2, only to inform us later that you have 3 adopted children. Do you find it hard acknowledge the existense of the later because they are not biologically from you? How do you think your elder girls will feel reading you identify yourself as having just 2 children? Seeing how reticent you seem to be in publicly & spontaneously remembering you have adopted children, would you encourage anyone to opt for adoption?

    • Iphie April 2, 2013 at 8:24 am

      You just had to ruin our mood abi? kai! Dearest Crystal, please ignore this *Chi* woman. You just cant please everyone.

    • na wao for some ple oh April 3, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      like seriously chi, as in seriously are you for real? is english no longer straight forward? from the ages of the children is it not possible that those kids were adopted later in the marriage and they themselves know they are adopted? the word reticence here is a strong word cos the story is about beaulah and not the other kids so insinuating she is reluctant or holding back information about the adopted children is so uncalled for…..so sometimes i think ple should just learn to shut up and not talk too much cos u dont even know the whole facts of the matter…gosh

  • PRAISE FOWOWE April 1, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    One of the most inspiring stories coming out of Nigeria. I can’t thank God enough for my lil Sister and her husband who i consider as one of the most inspiring men in Nigeria. Beulah is a blessing to all of us and am glad her birth is giving hope to several other families. I am so certain that there is a lot we can all do to support this cause. God bless Irede Foundation

  • ogochukwu April 1, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    truly inspiring

  • Zubby April 2, 2013 at 1:49 am

    I want to say a Big Thank You to the Bella Naija team for featuring TIF. The Trustees of the foundation also have been amazing and deserve a huge Thanks. To my dear wife and the TIF team, may the Lord prosper you all beyond your widest and wildest imaginations. And for all those who have commented and would be commentators, We look forward to seeing you Join us for the OUT ON A LIMB street walk on April the 6th. God Bless you all and Bless the Nigerian child.

  • HRS April 2, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Truly inspiring! I felt goose bumps all over….. Awesome couple, I must say, thank God for upholding you and making u strong, and Beulah is sooooooo adorable, what a beautiful and cheerful girl! You are a very strong woman, I can imagine, I might have broken down….. God is our strength…..

  • Omo1 April 2, 2013 at 9:47 am

    All i can say is God bless your family and all your efforts! Beulah is such a cutie..and yes, seems so full of life!

  • AYENI JUMOKE April 2, 2013 at 11:12 am

    You are like the virtuous woman described in Proverbs 31:10 – 31 and your Husband a Blessed, Selected, Preserved and Ordained from on high by GOD . You both are fountain of inspiration for the broken hearted out there, it is just the begining of greater works for you because GOD has made it so and your children shall be taught by GOD himself because you have choosed to teach other children. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR ENTIRE HOUSEHOLD.

  • HRS April 2, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Now it just clicked! A friend introduced to donating to Irede foundation and I usually send my money to her to donate for me, didn’t know the details, now I know, I will pay more attention to it! Well done Crystal! God bless u real good… :)

  • HRS April 2, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    @Chi, take a chill pill and nap here \__, if u can’t deal with it after your nap, u need to check into General hospital, Ikeja :)

  • HRS April 2, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    @Zubby, U are indeed a rock and 2 in 1 Man! Some men would have taken off! or just blame the mother for everything and not participate in bringing up the child with love, Well done Sir ! Nuff respect!

  • Whalezy April 3, 2013 at 7:58 am

    God bless you all

  • Doks April 3, 2013 at 9:31 am

    What a beautiful, happy & bubbly child. Thank you Mr & Mrs Chigbu for taking the decision to let her live her life to the fullest. You are an inspiration and a source of motivation to us all. May God bless & favour your entire family. Well done with the foundation you set up. May God prosper it beyond your imagination. Pls keep up the good work. I love you all

  • Foluso April 3, 2013 at 9:50 am

    this is indeed a blessing to this generation,having someone that cares for the amputees.God will bless you and your family.

  • Tomiwa April 3, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Crystal dear, I am incredibly inspired !!! Beulah is always soo happy and bubblyeach time I see her – God blessed her with the best parents for her!

    Looking forward to joining you in the walk this weekend !

    Please post the take-off point, the time, duration of the walk etc here so other interested people can also join in.

    • Chigbu Crystal April 3, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      Thanks Tomiwa & Everyone. OUT ON LIMB Walk will be starting by 7:30am come this saturday .Convergence point is at #77 Awolowo road (YMCA ) building by Mobil filling station, Ikoyi, Lagos . It ends by 10am. There is packing space at the YMCA building (YMCA is partnering with The IREDE Foundation on the walk).
      Let’s all come out to give Hope to Child Amputees.

  • kay April 3, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    God bless u madam

  • Ibrahim Aliu-Bello April 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Inspiring indeed ! I desire to be part of the walk this coming Saturday but already had an appointment fixed for friday night/Saturday morning. However, I will send my support for the walk. Keep up the good work and God will surely reward your labour of love. Cheers

  • Coco C April 3, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    God bless you and your husband and those assisting you to change people’s lives!

  • bee April 3, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    so inspiring ,had tears cumin off my eyes reading this. beulah a beautiful name for a beautiful baby,luks so strong.

  • Chi April 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    This story brought me to tears. Thank God for this family and for the wonderful husband. He has been a source of strength through it all. Your kids are gorgeous and Beulah is simply adorable. Stay blessed.

  • deetz April 3, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    wow, so inspiring and powerful. Im in my school library so i had to force myself from crying. Its was just a great inspiration for modern day, Lord knows we need more people like this in the world. I feel truly blessed for reading. Lately i’ve been praying and trying my best to get even closer to God. I feel more at ease then even before after reading this beautiful story.

  • kikelomo April 3, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    I am proud of Beulah, she has a strong spirit which also help.

  • Seun Adebayo April 4, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Crystal has grown really strong and God has been faithful to her and her family. I am I am really inspired by the courage and faith she has shared with us. As a friend and former coursemate, I wish you the best in life and God has a way of making the foolish things shame the wise. God bless Beulah, the other kids and your family.

  • Chinyere Agu April 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    So wish I’m in Nigeria right now. My next bus stop would have been your doorstep to volunteer. Your story is indeed inspiring and I pray God to give you the gift of sustainability both spiritually and materially. God bless you, your family, your foundation and adorable Beulah!

  • MENDOUS April 4, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    GOD WILL BLESS U AND GIVE U GRACE TO GO FORWARD IN LIFE

  • adelegirl April 5, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I am so inspired! Such a beautiful testimony and an even more beautiful and blessed family! Ah! God is faithful! God Bless you Crystal Chigbu, your beautiful family and friends and the Irede Foundation. I pray God’s blessings upon your family. This testimony brings to mind this bible passage: “The blessings of God maketh rich and addeth no sorrow” You are a billionaire hundred times over not necessarily in material wealth but in love, favour and even more blessings!

  • Delight April 5, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Wao……………This is highly touching and inspiring story….I pray that the Lord that has being with Beulah and ur entire family will not depart from u all in Jesus name. He will surely perfect His work in the life of Beulah and other children in her condition. Sincerely , Beulah is so pretty and beautiful and I pray dt the Glory of God will continue to radiate in her life. Remain Blessed Delight-able Beulah!!!!!

  • chiago April 6, 2013 at 11:36 am

    this is like the first time iam commenting on any site but u got me really crying and i couldnt hold back,when i was i reading the stories i didnt notice d limb,i had to go back after the story to look at Beulah…beautiful girl with wonderful parent…GOD will uphold u and bless u,u have really inspired me and for that i say a big thank u..

  • ngozi April 6, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    @Sumbo- I really am touched by your courage, strength and vision. I am as blown away with this story now as the first time you shared it with us at FLOGA meeting! May God continue to empower you, your husband and trustees of TIF. Beulah has a very infectious smile. I look forward to meeting her soon.
    I hope Nkiru passed on my apologies. Remain blessed.

  • Elfrida April 6, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    reading your story brought tears to my eyes. God bless you and the whole family, I just cant say more .

  • Rita Onome Eghujovbo April 7, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Very touching and inspiring too. Beulah you are a favored child. God bless your parents for being super mum and dad. God bless u

  • OLAPEJU April 8, 2013 at 9:25 am

    WOW! SO TOUCHING. CANT STOP SHEDDING TEARS. MAY THE GUD LORD CONTINUE TO BLESS U AND UR FAMILY MORE AND MORE.

  • Angel April 8, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    BEULAH U ARE BLESSED AND MAY GOD CONTINUE TO REPLENISH UR PARENTS PAUSE TO BE ABLE TO CARRY OUT THIS GOAL .AMEN

  • CC April 8, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    The most inspiring story in BN.
    Still I agree with the comments of Chi posted on April 1. This may not be the right time & place, but it’s high time we stopped beating about the bush when it comes to sensitive issues like adoption.

  • salsera April 8, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Well done to TIF!! I hope to donate soon.

  • FolaFayo April 9, 2013 at 8:22 am

    So so proud of seeing this awareness/publicity Crystal. Weldone and more grace to you and your hubby. Beulah mmhh,….lovely name, lovely to behold, lovely spirit

  • AMAWIZIE April 9, 2013 at 9:46 am

    God bless you and your foundation.

  • Priscy April 9, 2013 at 10:41 am

    God Bless ur family…I also hope to contribute, no matter how little

  • Kryx April 9, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Tears still rollin on my eyes. Leavin sentiments aside, This duaghter of urs is so so beatiful.

  • Kryx April 9, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Tears still rollin on my eyes. Leavin sentiments aside, This duaghter of urs is so so beatiful. Crystal, may God grant u more strnt to look after these kids.

  • Adaeze April 10, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Thank you Crystal for sharing… I am deeply moved. There’s never a disability, only abilities. God bless you and your family. I love Beulah’s smile and confidence, she wouldn’t have had it if you never stood up to take good care of her. I pray that someday soon, your foundation will be recognized worldwide. I couldn’t help but notice the young boy who eventually got legs, from his sullen look with the crutches, he transformed into a handsome young man with the new leg. God bless you over and over. Amen

  • Aderonke April 24, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    God bless your heart and your home Chigbu and may Beulah be as amazing and beautiful as she looks.

  • Iyere E. February 9, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    Recently met this very strong lady.
    We at Road Runners Cycling and Recreational Club have decided to help in every way we can to create awareness for The Irede Foundation.

    This is a cause we all should support financially especially when our children are healthy and no such challenges. If these kid had a choice they would not have been in this situation.

    We have a choice to either help them or look the other way.

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