Cursory: A Nigerian woman who is a Lecturer has given birth to seven babies at a go. She and her husband has since then cried for help to pay the hospital bill of 19 million naira after losing one of the babies.
It is the desire of most women to give birth to offspring and only a few are very fertile to deliver many babies, especially at a go.
On Sunday, January 8, 2023, a lecturer at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK) identified as Justina Ngozi Uzodike put to bed seven babies comprising two boys and five girls.
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The new mum became a viral sensation as the news broke out on social media, but there is a problem.
Obijackson Women and Children Hospital, Okija where she had the deliveries slapped her with a bill of N19 million, which she is battling to clear at the moment. Justina who has not earned salaries as a lecturer since 2020 appealed to Nigerians to come to her aid financially.
Meanwhile, her husband Mr Celestine Uzodike, has shared the traumatic post birth experience.He said his wife was unconscious for three days straight after putting to bed at Obijackson Women and Children Hospital, Okija.
In a chat with The Punch, he said;
“For three days, she was very unconscious, but between yesterday and today, she appears stronger, and I hope her condition continues to improve.”Ngozi was charged N19million by the hospital, a bill she was asked to pay before she can be discharged with the remaining six babies.
Speaking on why he made a cry for help, Mr Uzodike said;
“The cost of caring for the babies is enormous, and we have exhausted all we have. The babies came out prematurely at 26th week gestation period and the hospital said they will need to be placed under intensive care unit and each of them will cost N3m.
One of them has died, leaving six survivors.Their organs are still developing, and they will need to be placed in an intensive care unit to be given adequate care. I have had a series of meetings with the management of the hospital, and they told me that I should be expecting approximately N19m at the rate of N3.2m per child.
This is to care for them for two months. I have spent all I have, and we don’t really know where to get the money from, which is why we are seeking the intervention of the government and every well-meaning individual.”
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