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Congrats! Nigerian Couple Delivers Sextuplets after Waiting for 17 Years

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(L to R) Adeboye and Ajibola Taiwo held two of their sextuplets on May 23, 2017. The couple practiced kangaroo care, also known as skin-to-skin. During kangaroo care, the baby is held against the bare chest of a parent. The act of placing the infant skin-to-skin with mom or dad has been shown to maintain skin temperature regulation of the newborn, increase initiation of successful breastfeeding, and ease the transition to life outside the womb.

A Nigerian couple Adeboye and Ajibola Taiwo has delivered sextuplets at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center after waiting 17 years.

According to the university, the babies ranged in weight from 1 pound, 10 ounces to 2 pounds, 15 ounces. All six are doing well and continue to thrive in the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU neonatal intensive care unit.

In November 2016, the couple were overcome with joy when they saw four heartbeats at their first ultrasound. When they arrived VCU Medical Centre two months later, they discovered they were expecting sextuplets.

“I was excited. For the very first time we were expecting,” Adeboye said.

A 40-man medical team which included experts from maternal-fetal medicine, labor and delivery, nursing, anesthesia, respiratory, neonatal medicine, social work, nutrition, cardiology and chaplain services, helped to deliver the babies in the morning of May 11, 2017.

Adeboye said everyone performed beyond his expectations from the time they arrived at VCU Medical Center.

“The medical team is excellent in medicine and hospitality,” he said. “We are far from home but the medical team is our family. That is what got us this far.”

Ajibola was discharged from the hospital May 18. She and her husband actively participate in the sextuplets’ care in the NICU.

Ajibola said: “I hope for the smallest of my six children to grow up and say ‘I was so small, and look at me now’. I want my kids (to) come back to VCU to study and learn to care for others with the same people who cared for me and my family.”

Photo Credit: VCU

32 Comments

  1. Bennie

    May 26, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    hmmmmmmm, awesome! Congratulations

  2. person

    May 26, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    niiiiiiiiiiice

  3. gia

    May 26, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    People saying it was god’s doing in 3 2 1

    • jinkelele

      May 26, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      Ntoi,

      It was God’s doing,,,,
      SAYING IT LOUD N PROUD

    • gia

      May 26, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      they’re here

    • GOD's got U

      May 26, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      It was not god’s doing…

      IT can ONLY be GOD!!

    • Ottawa Queen

      May 26, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      “Only a fool says in his heart, there is no God”. .Psalm 14: 1
      Thank you, GOD for a safe delivery and for rewarding this family with the fruit of the womb! You’ve turned their mourning into dancing and praise. Bless the medical team as well!

    • Hopeful

      May 26, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      Indeed it is God’s doing… I am 28 with nothing wrong with me did an IVF procedure and it failed so for her it is God’s doing. You trully don’t want to know how heartbreaking it feels when IVF fails, after the painful process. I am hopeful and trust God for my babies

  4. Darius

    May 26, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Wow! They waited for 17yrs! And he didn’t desert her because she couldn’t bear him children. HE is a NIGERIAN MAN! Where is Hadiza and that fake ass Nigerian?

    • gia

      May 26, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      Actually,just the fact that you add “wow” like you’re surprised speaks volumes

    • A Real Nigerian

      May 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      I like you Gia ??

    • gia

      May 26, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      @real nigerian

      Thank you lol

    • Corolla

      May 27, 2017 at 1:12 am

      @ Gia #gbam

      @Darius try again #olodo

  5. Natalie

    May 26, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Awww! Beautiful!
    Good to hear these “feel good” stories!
    Good luck to the babies, and may they only bring joy to their parents.

  6. Bukunmi

    May 26, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Ahhhhhhhh!!!!! Who allowed that amount of embryo transfer? Folks do not try this at home. The live birth of those six children and health of mother was as a result of pure luck. I repeat do not try this at home. It is dangerous to all parties involved. Some would come out and start praising and thanking whatever, gearing up to try their own. First off, this is medical malpractice .The doctor who attended to them should lose his/her license. Secondly there the economic burden of it. Yes, the couple still deserve to be congratulated and I congratulate them.However as a doctor and a scientist my mind is going WTH?!!!!!! Do not do this please!!!!! Any doctor or medical personnel worth his/her white coat would advice against this.

    • jinkelele

      May 26, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      The embryos split hence the identical twins.
      No the doctor didn’t put 6 embryos.

      Your concerns are valid but do note that it’s mostly parents that push ivf specialists to put as many embryos as possible . What we need in Nigeria is regulatory body on ART.

      We don’t know where this couple were treated though.

    • Biker Chic

      May 26, 2017 at 9:55 pm

      Best practice, three embryos max.

  7. Livuec

    May 26, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    How do you know that it wasn’t the man who was infertile? People always assume it’s the woman, when 40 percent of the time, it’s actually the man.

  8. Le coco

    May 26, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    wow God is amazing.. peple dont understand..this is not just about IVF or expert doctors… at this womans age her system isnt the same…. plus there are many instances where women give birth to multipe, and some dont make it, it is very rare that all babies are healthy but in this case just look.. none of h babies have any defect or problems.. THIS IS GOD.. well done to the doctors and congrats to the parents

  9. xoxo

    May 26, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    “In Novemeber 2016, the couple were overcome with joy when they saw four heartbeats at their first ultrasound. When they arrived VCU Medical Centre wo months later, they discovered they were expecting twins.” – BN

    1. November is spelt wrong
    2. Does one see heartbeats or HEAR it?
    3. The ‘t’ in two is missing
    4. In November 2016, the couple heard 4 heartbeats, yet in January 2017, they discovered they were having twins?! Does that make sense to you BN?

    **CONGRATULATIONS to the couple!

    • A Real Nigerian

      May 26, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      “2. Does one see heartbeats or HEAR it?”
      I’m guessing you don’t know what an ultrasound is?

    • Dr chichi

      May 26, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      yes my dear you can see the heart beat on ultra sound as a little dot flickering intermittently (ie the pulsations). How do I know? I am a medical doctor. You can SEE the heart as early as 7weeks of pregnancy.

    • xoxo

      May 26, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      Mister Nigerian, these babies were born pre-term, so in November their mum was definitely in her 1st trimester. You would not be able to see a heartbeat that early, as those babies would be exceptionally tiny.

    • A Real Nigerian

      May 26, 2017 at 6:12 pm

      YOU:
      “so in November their mum was definitely in her 1st trimester. You would not be able to see a heartbeat that early, as those babies would be exceptionally tiny.”

      SOURCES:
      “Ultrasound machines can vary in technology. A mother’s size, the position of her uterus, the location of baby, and the accuracy of dating can all affect when a heartbeat is seen on an ultrasound. Even with all the variables, it’s very likely you will see a heartbeat by 7 weeks and extremely likely by 8 weeks of pregnancy.”

      “At about six weeks into pregnancy (four weeks from conception), you should be able to see your baby’s heartbeat on ultrasound. The typical heart rate at this age is about 100 beats per minute. As your pregnancy progresses, your baby’s average heartbeat will be between 120 and 160 beats per minute.”

      Don’t the weeks listed above fall under the first trimester?
      And doesn’t November fall out of the first trimester if the children were born in May?

      “Does one see heartbeats or HEAR it?”
      And apart from all that, your argument was that it was impossible to see heartbeats at all, not if you could see them in the first trimester.

  10. Opinion

    May 26, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Okay congrats to the couple on their miracle! YES it is God and a blessing! So many failed IVF and some people are never able to have children, so it is God
    However if this was through IVF i don’t know why people never mention the irresponsibility of the doctor to try 6 at one time! It’s great after wanting to be a parent for so long to be able to carry and birth a child ,when reality sets in, it is great responsibility to care for 6 children at once! Whenever I see these things on our Nigerian platforms I always wonder why no one has an issue with irresponsible doctors. In other “places” responsible medicine is practiced to a avoid being faced with this scenario and you end up with mostly multiples.I can’t imagine caring 6 new born children not to mention the the health risks these children have been exposed to being so early! Imagine a child weighing just over 1lb, how long they will have to stay in the nicu. God will give the parents strength and the financial resources to care for these children and perfect the health of the kids amen

  11. Hawt Talk With Tosan

    May 26, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Now this is what you call life changing! Went from no kids to 6 kids!!! Congrats to mum and dad!

  12. Omokemi

    May 26, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Wishing you the best and congratulations to the both of you. What are the sex of the babies?

  13. Papacy

    May 26, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Omo, it’s not common o. To have all 6 embryos survive (assuming this was ivf), it’s always safer to do a reduction so that the risk of complications is reduced. If the doctors knew from the get go this was a sextuplet scenario they’d have probably advised accordingly, unless the parents refused. Here the story ended well which is wonderful, thank God.

  14. To think about

    May 26, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    I’m very happy for them, however i cannot help but wonder:
    1. Do they have the financial resources to raise six kids at a time? They’ve been married for seventeen years and from the look of their picture, they are closer to retirement age than a couple in their 20s or 30s.
    2. Why is adoption not encouraged in our country?

  15. Brittany

    May 26, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Wow! Amazing news indeed. I’m glad to know that everyone is fine. Well done to the medical team for being able to deliver the premature babies safely. At 30 weeks that are so fragile. I hope that I will get a positive result soon from the free pregnancy test that I got from conceiveeasy. We are planning to have another child.

  16. Josephine

    May 26, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    They look really happy. That’s all that matters.

  17. josdaily

    May 26, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Wow, Congrats. We thank God for his mercies

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