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Woman delivered of triplets in Lagos, dies few hours (photos)

Obinna Nnanna’s joy knew no bounds last September 23 af­ternoon, when
his wife, Ijeoma was delivered of triplets, two males and a female,
after nine months of their marriage. When he returned home that evening,
he was already thinking and planning how to put together an elaborate
bash, as his resources would permit him to welcome the babies and their
mother home; moreso, when the bundle of joy was coming just nine months
after they got married.

They were expected to stay some days at
Lagos State University Teaching Hospi­tal, Gbagada, since she delivered
through caesarean section. However, the joy turned sour, as fate dealt a
crushing blow on him, following the death of his wife about 3am the
following day.

Obinna said it was the worst news he has ever received in his life, and thought his world had crumbled.

“She
was delivered of the babies about 12pm on September 23. I stayed with
them till 9pm, since the hospital management would not allow a visitor
to stay with a patient over night, so I left. I was sleep­ing when my
phone rang about 3am that I should come to the hospital immediately. I
had to call my friends, one of them brought his car and we rushed to the
hospital and by then, my wife was already dead. I asked what happened
and nobody was able to tell me anything reasonable. Nobody could tell me
what happened to her.

“All my neighbours visited her that day
she delivered and she spoke with everybody and they promised to come the
following day to see her, but the story changed”, Obinna said.

Narrating
to Saturday Sun, the tragedy that is redefining his life, the widower
said they got married on December 31, 2014 in Enugu.

“After our wedding, we stayed few days in the village and returned to Lagos to start life together.”

By
the time their honeymoon was over, Ijeoma conceived. Obinna said she
regis­tered for antenatal care at a private hospi­tal close to them, and
by the time the preg­nancy was going to the seventh month, she started
developing high blood pressure (HBP) which necessitated her referral to
Lagos State University Lagos (LASUTH), Gbagada Annex.

“We used
the private hospital for seven months and it was discovered that she was
having HBP. We were referred to General Hospital, Gbagada. She was on
admission at LASUTH for one month until she was delivered of the babies.
Her staying in the hospital for a month was at my instance. I wanted
her to be there to have a good rest instead of being at home where she
would engage and stress herself with domestic chores.

“After one
month of bed rest, she deliv­ered through caesarean section. She
deliv­ered on September 23 afternoon and died in the early hours of the
following day. I wouldn’t know what happened; I can’t explain. I asked
the nurses they said they don’t know, that it just happened all of a
sudden.

“I was in the theatre with her; so we came out together
to the ward. She wasn’t bleeding and the blood pressure was nor­mal
before she went for the surgery. There was no complication.

“Immediately she died, we took her corpse home and deposited it in the mortu­ary, and we are planning the funeral.

The
babies spent two weeks in the hos­pital after their mother’s death, on
the di­rective and account of the hospital man­agement, in order to give
them a close observation.”

Obinna is now playing dutifully the
role of mother, except breastfeeding. With the help of good neighbours,
he is nursing the babies in his room-and-parlour apartment at Alapere
area of Lagos. He has learnt to change diapers, keep awake in the night
and feeding them.

“Since the babies were brought home, I have
been with them, and with the help of my neighbours, my friend’s wife and
her mother, we have been taking good care of them. My uncle’s wife also
came from Il­orin, Kwara State, to give a helping hand, but she has
gone back.

“For now, none of my wife’s relations has been around;
their major concern is with my wife. They are the ones causing the
delay over her burial; they have gone to hospital to make enquiries over
her death, may be they are not satisfied with the explanations. I have
given them date for the burial but they are still delaying, may be they
want to have their own date, and send to me later. We are Catholics, and
are not supposed to delay burial. Be­fore I travelled home, I met with
her elder brother living here in Lagos, and he is the one causing the
delay. My wife’s parents are dead.”

On how he is coping with the
financial challenges involved, Obinna said, God is using everybody
around – his colleagues in Idumota market, noting:“Everybody is
contributing his or her own quota just to see that the kids live”.

On
the issue of taking the babies to or­phanage home for him to
concentrate on his business, he said, he has received such unsolicited
advice, but he is not giving it a consideration.

“Immediately my
wife died, that was the initial suggestion by friends and some other
people, but I turned the advice down. I said, I can’t do that. Why would
I take them away? I want to be with them; where I would be seeing them
every time. So, I don’t take the idea. They are two boys and a girl. The
boy came first followed by the girl and then another boy. They have
been given names: The first is Chibuike; the girl is Chinenyenwa and the
boy is Chimezie. They are not going anywhere; they would remain with
me.”

On how he would cope, considering that the people around him
may have their own programmes, he said he would cope, as he has learnt
to change diapers as well as feeding and bathing them. “Now, I keep
awake all night. In the night, one or two or all them may be awake.
Three of them hardly sleep at the same time in the night.”

To him, it is a great challenge, which he prays for grace to surmount, stressing: “I don’t want them to be taken away”.

On
when he has time for rest, he said, “as you see me sitting now is
because they are sleeping, that is my rest. Within a short time one of
them may wake up.”

Obinna is from Amaigbo, Imo State, while his late wife, from Eziagho, Enugu State.

culled from SUN newspaper

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