Dr. Ekpo Edet, a medical practitioner whose wife delivered quintuplets on Monday, says having five children at a go after 10 years is a wonderful blessing from God.
Edet’s wife delivered the five babies at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), where the husband works.
Edet said that he had been married for 10 years without a child.
According to him, his joy knows no bounds, being a proud father of five children; three girls and two boys coming at the same time.
Eket said that children only come from God and he was thankful to Him for the precious gifts.
“I want to thank God almighty for this precious gift of five children. He is a faithful God; the children are kicking and in good condition. God has been faithful to my family; five children at a go is indeed a wonderful blessing to me and my wife. It is not going to be easy taking care of the children; I am soliciting for support from all well-meaning Nigerians, all my friends and well wishers,’’ he said.
Prof. Thomas Agan, the Chief Medical Director of UCTH, said that it was a moment of joy for the couple because they had hoped on the Lord for the fruit of the womb.
“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. There are currently in the Special Care Babies Unit of the hospital,’’ he said.
Earlier, the wife of the state governor, Dr. Linda Ayade, had visited the couple, saying that the quintuplets were a blessing to the state and Nigeria at large.
During the visit, Ayade made a donation of N1million to the couple and another N500,000 to the medical experts who made sure the babies were delivered safely.
The wife of the governor also donated an incubator machine to the hospital on behalf of the state government to enhance their activities and service delivery.
“Five is a divine number for Jesus, Grace, Mercy. 9th January is the number of completion on the first month of the year. This event is a sign from God that this is our year of abundance. On the first day of the year, it was twins, today it’s quintuplets, I’m over joyed.”
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 the UCTH for their professionalism in ensuring the successful delivery of the babies.
“If the situation were different, I would have advocated exclusive breastfeeding, but in this case, I know it will be impossible to insist on that. But the government will definitely support the family in the upbringing of the children.” Asibong said.
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