Ben Ezechime, Enugu
A Hairdresser, Joan Orajiobi, on New Year Day gave birth to triplets, a baby boy and two girls.
Orajiobi, who hails from Nnewi in Anambra State was delivered of two girls and a boy in a private hospital (Praise and Grace Hospital and Maternity, Enugu State).
Speaking from the hospital, Orajiobi, who also lives at Ologo Quarters, Uwani Enugu, said when she became pregnant in May 2023, she suspected that the pregnancy would result to triplets.
According to her, the labour started on Saturday but she visited the hospital on Sunday and on Monday, she was delivered of the triplets.
“I am a hair dresser, I have two girls already before this pregnancy occured in May but I never knew I was pregnant for triplet until scan said I am carrying twins.
“So today, around 7 am God gave me January gift and New Year Bonanza and throughout the period of this pregnancy, the babies did not give me challenges.
“I even carry the pregnancy to do customer’s hair only that my legs did swell.
“People will be telling me to go and rest but I kept struggling to do the work to find what my family will eat,” she said.
She, however, called on Nigerians to come to her aid, saying that it would be difficult for her and her husband to take care of the babies.
“I am pleading to Nigerians especially the governors of Enugu and Anambra states, Gov. Peter Mbah and Chukwuma Soludo, and Nigerians to come to my rescue.
“They should come and assist us with anything they wish to do for us.
“Doctor said the triplets will cost us N450, 000 because I delivered through Caesarian Section.
Her husband, Mr Cornelius Orajiobi, a trader, said they’re both from Obiofia in Nnewi North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
He said he felt excited when the scan showed that his wife was pregnant for twins but never knew it was a triplet.
“I have two kids girls before and I never planned to have triplets before God surprised us.
“Nigerians should please assist us because this gift is bigger than what I can cater for alone,” he pleaded.
All efforts to speak with the Medical Director of the hospital proved abortive as he was not answering his calls.
Meanwhile, a nurse at the hospital who pleaded anonymity, said that the hospital provided what was used in delivering the babies as the family could not provide any.