A woman has delivered five babies after 23 years of bareness but stranded at the Fertile Ground Hospital, Zaramaganda Road, Jos, Plateau State, over a stockpile hospital bill of N3.7m.
The woman, Mrs. Abigail Musa was reported to be staying in the hospital for the past three and half months when the babies were born though two of the babies were said to have died.
On Sunday, her husband, Mr. Garba Musa, a pastor with the Church of Christ in Nations, said efforts to raise the bill and take his wife and the three surviving babies home had been futile.
He said, “My wife and the babies were discharged from the hospital about two days ago, but we could not go home due to the hospital bill.
“It’s really a big challenge, which we do not know how to handle because the outstanding money, which the doctor said must be paid before we leave, is N3.7m. This is just too much for us.”
Mr. Musa, explaining how the hospital bill accumulated, said, “My wife had been at the hospital for three months and three weeks. When she gave birth to the five babies through operation, they were premature, which necessitated that they put them inside incubators.
“My wife was charged N3,000 and each baby consumed N5,000 every day. Almost every two days, tests were run on the babies, which took N3,000. There were other charges also, and that was how the money amounted to such a huge amount.
“Although two of the babies could not make it, we thank God for everything. The hospital management said many people in the past who promised to pay after they were discharged, disappeared without a trace. We need help in our present situation.”
Garba, who recalled how people mocked him and his wife for the past 23 years over their bareness, described the birth of the babies as a miracle.
He said, “At a point, some people advised my wife to divorce me; they also came to me and offered similar advice. It was not easy, but I thank God for my wife because whenever we were tempted to divorce, God gave us the grace to resist it.”