The University of Calabar Teaching Hospital has witnessed the miraculous birth of quintuplets – three girls and two boys born to a couple after ten years of childlessness.
This historic birth is said to be the first for both the UCTH, and Cross River State as a whole. The quintuplets born on Tuesday Jan 10, weighed between 1.45kg and 1.75kg at birth and are currently in good condition at the Special Care Babies Unit of the Teaching Hospital.
Dr. Ekpo Edet, the proud father of the quintuplets, could not hold back his joy and excitement as he could be seen beaming with smiles. Grateful to God for His faithfulness, Dr. Edet said;
“This is the first time in the history of Cross River State, and the first time in the history of UCTH. Five at a go!
“God has been just been faithful as we have concluded the first phase and the doctors have confirmed that the babies are kicking.
“We are entering into the second phase and I know it’s not going to be easy but I solicit for support from all well-meaning Nigerians, all my friends and well-wishers.”
Wife of Cross River State Governor, Dr. Linda Ayade, who paid a visit to the new parents, expressed delight saying this was another first in the State’s history.
She donated the sum of one million naira to the celebrating couple and another five hundred thousand naira to the medical experts who made sure the babies were delivered successfully after showering the babies with prayers.
Dr. Ayade, said it’s a sign of good tidings in the state and country at large. She further thanked the new mother for opting for professional services of birth attendants.
On behalf of Cross River State Government, Dr. Ayade alongside the State Commissioner for Health , Dr. Inyang Asibong also made a donation of an incubator machine to the hospital.
Similarly, the State Commissioner for Health, congratulated the father of the babies who in spite of the whole tension and expectations during the period of the pregnancy was steadfast given the couple’s long wait.
She also thanked the very capable Obstetrics and Gynecology team for their professionalism and the pediatrics team who will be taking over to ensure the health of the babies.
Also on hand to lend their support to the jubilant family were the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs. Stella Odey, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs. Rosemary Archibong, and the DG, Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Betta Edu.