A 42-year-old Nigerian woman has given birth to five babies (quintuplets) at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Lokoja, Kogi, after 18 years of barrenness.
The mother Mrs Uchenna Okeigbo and her babies are in good condition.
Okeigbo, an indigen of Olokoro Amangbo Community, Umuahia South Local Government Area of Abia, gave birth to three boys and two girls on April 17 through a Caesarean Section.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria, the woman expressed gratitude to God for the rare gift of five babies, saying that her wait for 18 years did not end in vain.
“It is not easy to have five children at once,” Okeigbo said.
She showered praises on her husband for standing by her.
The quintuplets, three boys and two girls, weighed 1.3kg 1.6kg, 1.7kg, 1.8kg and 1.9kg, respectively.
However, the first baby, who weighed 1.3kg was still inside the incubator as at the time of visit.
The father of the quintuplets, Mr James Okeigbo, 47, an employee of a private establishment, who was overwhelmed with joy, described the coming of the babies as the happiest moment of his life and his wife as well.
”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.