Huge relief, unusual joy and celebration filled the home of Mr and Mrs Bankole Ogidan on Wednesday as his wife, Olubunmi, was delivered of a baby after four years of pregnancy.
Mrs Ogidan was delivered of a baby girl in Mowe, Ogun State, on Wednesday.
The joy of her husband, Mr Bankole Ogidan, knew no bounds as he relived the miraculous birth of the baby to Newspeakonline on Thursday.
According to him, his wife got pregnant in July 2013 and carried the pregnancy till Wednesday January 27 before she was delivered of the baby.
Mr Ogidan explained that trouble started late 2013 when his wife went for scan after medical devices had confirmed that she was pregnant.
But the scan showed that rather than foetus, her womb was filled with abnormal growth (fibroid). He said the medical doctor handling her wife’s treatment advised them to come for surgery to evacuate the fibroid at the cost of N150,000.
The couple, however, declined. He said aside confirmation of the pregnancy with medical devices, God also confirmed to them that his wife was carrying a baby.
“We chose to ignore the scan report because we were sure of the pregnancy. Then, the pregnancy continued to grow. We actually went to the scan centre because my wife was having serious pain. She was also vomiting. But they told us it was fibroid, not pregnancy. Then, we left there and returned to the hospital from where we were earlier referred to the scan centre. The doctor said fibroid can trigger such symptoms. He asked us to come for surgery costing N150, 000 to evacuate the so-called growth. But we rejected the idea.
“After some time, we went to the General Hospital at Owode where we were referred for X-ray at a scan centre at Berger on 26 Sept 2014. The centre also confirmed uterus fibroid and left Tuban blockage.
“They said they did not see any foetus. But we kept seeing revelations that a baby was there. I insisted we won’t undergo any surgery. Yet, the tummy kept protruding while my wife suffered pains. This went on till six months ago when we went to an hospital to seek medical help – Alayo Vantage Hospital.
“They started fresh medical attention and advised us to do scan after a while. We were really afraid because of past experience but they encouraged us. When we did, scan showed that she was four months pregnant. Yet, I didn’t go near her six months before the scan was done. We kept on praying and we did scan every month which confirmed how the child was growing. The last scan result showed she would give birth on February 11, 2016.
“We just went for a routine medical attention on Wednesday when they said she was due to give birth. They rolled her into the theatre and I left because I couldn’t stand the surgery. Initially, they were bringing out different unusual growths. And they said there was no baby there. While ruminating on the confusion, their call came again, announcing that they had found the baby and that it had been brought out.
“Everybody burst into uncontrollable joy. The news spread speedy, attracting neighbours in our entire area. My wife was usually described by neighbours as the woman that has been pregnant for years. That’s why everybody tried to come and confirm news of the birth. You can imagine our joy. Our God is great!”
Asked about the looks and health of the baby, Mr Ogidan explained that she was in good condition but pointed out that she looks old, a sign that she overstayed in the womb.
“She started eating within two hours. She looks older than a new baby. In spite of the squeezed space she weighed 2.4kg.” He said.