After Being Childless for 18 Years, Woman Gives Birth to Quintuplets

After Being Childless for 18 Years, Woman Gives Birth to Quintuplets
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Venus Upadhayaya

After being childless for 18 years, a 42-year-old Nigerian woman gave birth to five children on April 17 at Kogi.

Uchenna Okeigbo gave birth to three boys and two girls at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Lokoja, Kogi on Wednesday, reported the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

“It is not easy to have five children at once,” Okeigbo told to NAN.

The babies were conceived through in-vitro fertilization. ”After going through all their investigations, I saw that they would need to be assisted, that spontaneous pregnancy medically speaking might not be achievable, and I advised them to be assisted,” said Dr. Grace Ogoke, a consultant, obstetrician, and gynecologist at FMC.

The babies were delivered through a cesarean section. There were three boys and two girls, weighing 2 pounds 14 ounces, 3 pounds 5 ounces, 3 pounds 12 ounces, 3 pounds 15 ounces, and 4 pounds 3 ounces, respectively.

Ogoke said that the baby with the least weight is under observation in an incubator because it weighed less than three pounds.

Okeigbo thanked her husband, James Okeigbo for standing by her side.  “I thank my wife for retaining her respect for me for this 18 years of childlessness without quarreling with me. I am also grateful to her family for standing by us,” Okeigbo said, The Sun reported.

James Okeigbo, who is an employee of a private establishment, described it as the happiest moment of their lives and sought help from the government and the public to take care of his five babies.

Ogoke said this is the first time she delivered quintuplets. “I feel very happy and I give glory to God for seeing us through because it was like all of us were pregnant during the pregnancy,” she said.

In another case, a 25-year-old Iraqi woman gave birth naturally to six girls and a boy in February this year.

According to the Daily Mail, the unnamed woman gave birth in the Diyali Province of eastern Iraq, which is the first septuplet case in the Middle Eastern country.

The local health department issued a statement about the birth, saying the mother and seven infants are perfectly healthy.

The father, Youssef Fadl, said he and his wife weren’t planning to expand their family, and now they have 10 children, the Mail reported.

Photos posted online show the small babies next to one another in the hospital.

Other photos show the newborns lying together after birth.

Last year, a Lebanese woman gave birth to sextuplets, including three girls and three boys. They all survived, the Mirror noted.

More Cases

Meanwhile, in 1997, septuplets were born in Iowa to Kenny and Bobbi McCaughey. They were the world’s first surviving septuplets.
“It will definitely be different and weird, but I feel that it will be good for us to get out of our comfort zone and meet new people,” Kelsey, one of the siblings said after graduating high school several years ago, NBC News reported.

“I honestly think it will be good for all of us to be on our separate ways,” Kenny, another sibling, said at the time.

“I am not worried about not seeing everyone that much. We have been around each other the past 18 years. I am ready to be on my way, and I think everyone else is, too.”

Brandon, another one, said at the time he’s going to the U.S. Army.

“It will be a little different being without all my siblings,” he told the news outlet. “But it won’t be bad since I’ll have contact with them. I think I will have a good experience being on my own, with my new military family. I have been taught to work for the things I want, and to not expect others to do anything for me. That helps with military life because I will need to do everything on my own, with no help at all from others.”

The New York Times reported in 1997 that mother Bobbi ingested a fertility drug after she and her husband had problems in conceiving children.

“The pregnancy has captured worldwide attention as both a symbol of the ultimate scientific miracle and a cautionary example of the unwanted consequences of fertility treatments,” the Times reported at the time.

Epoch Times reporter Jack Phillips contributed to this report.
Venus Upadhayaya reports on India, China, and the Global South. Her traditional area of expertise is in Indian and South Asian geopolitics. Community media, sustainable development, and leadership remain her other areas of interest.
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