Celebrations rent the air on Monday at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), Cross River State when a couple that has been childless for 10 years were blessed with a set of quintuplets. The celebration was more pronounced because the couple, Dr. Ekpo Edet and Mrs. Esther Edet, are both employees of the hospital.
The babies, who were born around 11a.m. on Monday weighed between 1.45kg and 1.75kg. The excited father, Dr. Edet, was grateful to God for what he described as an astonishing miracle.
He said: “I want to thank God Almighty. He’s a faithful God. The first time in the history of Cross River State, the first time in the history of UCTH. Five at a go! God has 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.”
She made a donation of N1 million to the couple and N500,000 to the medical experts, who made sure the babies were delivered successfully.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Inyang Asibong, congratulated the father of the babies, who was steadfast in all the years they did not have children. Ayade and Asibong also donated an incubator to the hospital on behalf of state government.
The quintuplet, who consisted of three girls and two boys are currently in the Special Care Babies Unit of the Teaching Hospital and are all in good condition.