A 43-year-old woman, Mrs Ifeoma Nnamani, is seeking help to pay the $20,000 debt she incurred on delivering four of her quintuplets at the Providence Parazana Medical Centre in California, the United States. Mrs Nnamani travelled overseas on referral, after losing one of the babies during delivery in Nigeria due to complications. She said: With the help of a Reverend Father in “the United States (US), we were linked with the hospital where I delivered the remaining four babies in California.
After the delivery, many people in the Diaspora that got the news rallied round us and through the help of an insurance company and some other individuals, my babies stayed in the incubators. But because of their medical concerns, the support we were receiving could not match the debt incurred”.
Recalling how she incurred the debt, she said: “My children spent two months in incubators last year. For every day, we were billed 300 dollars. We still owe the hospital $20,000. This is why we are begging the government and Nigerians to come to our aid.”
Mrs Nnamani said she practised exclusive breast feeding, adding that her children did not fall ill after they were discharged and allowed to come back to the country after an undertaking to settle the bill. She continued: “Taking care of the children has not been an easy task”.
Founder, Colostrum International, Mrs. Bunmi Ogundimu said her organisation visited the parents after the arrival of the babies to advise the mother on the importance of breast feeding. And pleasantly enough, she heeded it.”
Contributions can be made to the First Bank account of Mrs Utoh Nnamani Ifeoma with number 3021277563. She can also be contacted on 08033481255, 08037461445, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Ogundimu said her organisation appreciated the effort made by the mother to breast feed the babies exclusively.
The babies’ father, Mr Nnaemeka Nnamani, said some Nigerian hospitals rejected his wife during labour, saying they could not help the situation. He said: “They told us that they can only save my wife and two or three of the babies but I wanted all my five children alive. This made us seek for fund to travel abroad.”
Nnamani said his shop got burnt four years ago and he has been without any source of livelihood since then. He said he depended on his wife’s salary as a level seven worker to feed.