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Friday, 26 May 2017

Photos: 17 years after trying to conceive, US-based Nigerian couple welcome sextuplets, 3 boys, 3 girls

VCU Medical Centre in Richmond, Virginia, US on Wednesday, May 24th, announced that their staff has successfully delivered sextuplets, three boys and three girls.

The Nigerian parents, Ajibola Taiwo and Adeboye Taiwo had been trying to conceive for 17 years. The babies were born on May 11 and are in good condition in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU.


A statement from the hospital said they were the first sextuplets delivered at the hospital and a 40-person team was involved and the delivery – which was a C-section – required hours of planning. For the couple, they learned they were pregnant with four babies in November. It wasn't until they arrived at the Richmond hospital that they learned they were expecting sextuplets. See more photos at the link and the full statement issued by the hospital, below:

"On May 11 at 8:26 a.m. a 40-person team at VCU Medical Center successfully delivered sextuplets. Ajibola Taiwo, a native of Western Nigeria, was 30 weeks and two days pregnant when she gave birth to three boys and three girls by cesarean section. The babies ranged in weight from 1 pound, 10 ounces to 2 pounds, 15 ounces. All six are doing well and continue to thrive in the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU neonatal intensive care unit.

The Taiwos tried to conceive for 17 years and were overcome with joy when they saw four heartbeats at their first ultrasound in November. It was not until January when they arrived at VCU Medical Center that they learned they were expecting sextuplets.

“I was excited,” said Adeboye Taiwo, the father. “For the very first time we were expecting.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2015 there were nearly 4 million live births in the United States, only 24 of which were quintuplets or other higher order births.
Delivering sextuplets requires a coordinated team effort including many hours of planning and simulation. The Taiwos’ medical team included experts from maternal-fetal medicine, labor and delivery, nursing, anesthesia, respiratory, neonatal medicine, social work, nutrition, cardiology and chaplain services.

“The team quickly assembled to begin prenatal management and delivery planning including pre-delivery drills and resuscitation exercises,” said Susan Lanni, M.D., medical director of labor and delivery and maternal-fetal specialist at VCU Medical Center. “A typical labor and delivery shift includes one, perhaps two premature births, usually with time in between. We had to coordinate with our colleagues in the NICU for six premature babies to be delivered simultaneously.

Developing a relationship with the mother and father was a critical component to the successful high-risk delivery. “We’re going through this extraordinary journey together with the family,” said Ronald Ramus, M.D., director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at VCU Medical Center. “It’s not every day that parents bring home sextuplets. Mrs. Taiwo was eating, sleeping and breathing for seven. A lot of the support and encouragement we gave her to make it as far as she did was important, and one of the biggest contributions we made as a team.”
Adeboye Taiwo said everyone performed beyond his expectations from the time they arrived at VCU Medical Center.
“The medical team is excellent in medicine and hospitality,” he said. “We are far from home but the medical team is our family. That is what got us this far.”
Ajibola Taiwo was discharged from the hospital May 18. She and her husband actively participate in the sextuplets’ care in the NICU.
“This is an amazing medical accomplishment that would not be possible without the outstanding coordination of our obstetrics and neonatal teams,” said Russell Moores, M.D., medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unitat Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. “While our level 4 NICU cares for the region’s most critically ill and premature babies every day, it’s humbling to help the Taiwos’ new family  survive and thrive. Given their prematurity, they are doing exceptionally well, but should they require subspecialty care, we have all that they could need at CHoR.”
“I hope for the smallest of my six children to grow up and say ‘I was so small, and look at me now,’” said Ajibola Taiwo. “I want my kids [to] come back to VCU to study and learn to care for others with the same people who cared for me and my family.
Source: https://news.vcu.edu

37 comments:

BONARIO NNAGS said...

Congratulations to them.



. ~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

OSINANL said...

GOD IS AWESOME

oiza said...

Wow! She tried..

Anonymous said...

ALLAHU AKBAR!!!! I pray for this with my wife inshaa Allah

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Wow!


... Merited happiness

GALORE said...

It is the Lord's doing



Praise the Lord


@IVF or no @IVF.... Not everyone can be lucky






@Galore

temilade said...

Congratulations to them

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Thank God

Loveth Best said...

All the Glory to God

Kiama Ibe said...

Woooow!!!!!Congrats to them

Roman God said...

What a Loving father we have in Jesus

Vivian Reginalds said...

Thank God
But na IVF!
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

daniel ubong said...

Thank God.

adetomiwa said...

Thank you JESUS.

Christiana Ewoigbe said...

Hallelujah, GOD is Great.

Anonymous said...

Pls who can help me with a sewing machine for dash even if its not a new one so far its in a good working condition victorytoh5@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

God bless your home

Anonymous said...

Hospital bill would be insane. Congrats to the couples though.

Anonymous said...

When GOD works!!!!

God's baby said...

@Vivian Reginald you think is every IVF that made it through? God is the architect and executor of this kind of work. Praaaaaaaisssssse!! Be His name

God's baby said...

Ok, just check out the medical team ooo. If is in Nigeria it's one gynecologist, auxiliary nurses and some useless equipment

Anonymous said...

When Jesus says yes nobody can say no!

Anonymous said...

To God alone be all the glory

ken christy said...

Thank you LORD for these wonderful blessings!!! Congrats to them! I tap these blessings to Onyinye my sister.

AMIJEZ said...

Congrats to them. To God be the glory.

Yusuf Ahmed said...

congrats to them

firstlady blessing said...

Six at a go, waoh God is good congratulations

Anonymous said...

So what , if it was IVF. There might be differences in the method of conception, but the end result is always the same- HUMAN BEINGS. Stick your stigma shade where the sun doesn't shine.

Anonymous said...

congrats...pls am in need of a sewing machine to empower myself pls anty linda or one of the kindhearted audience should help me.thanks and God bless..juojoo2@gmail.com

Nigerian Dailies said...

Oh my God! You are great

Read a story of a girl that was stabbed to death

Anonymous said...

God is forever faithful....he will also bless n protect all d new borns...congrats to d Taiwos

Okowright Balaxy said...

God of double portion...

Anonymous said...

Congrats to them


James Niceman said...

GOD IS WOW

Anonymous said...

*Linda. While I share with others in congratulating this couple, I will sound a word of caution.
Nigerians are coming to the US in numbers with IVF multiple babies to take advantage of the system. There is word out in the US that Nigerian Dr are putting too many fertilized eggs into women out of regard for international noms.
Payment for the care of these baby come our of other peoples pockets. Let us not take advantage of the generosity of others.
Lets caution our Nigerian Drs to follow international norms. We may decide to continue until our hosts start to ban us from their country

Anonymous said...

@ ANONIMOUS 13:57,NO HOSPITAL BILL,IT'S ThEIR DAD' HEALTH INSURANCE OR FREE MEDICAID AND MEDICARE,REMEMBER THEY LIVE IN RICHMOND,CAPITAL OF VIRGINIA STATE,U.S.A.INDEED,OUR GOD IS OMNIPOTENT!!!

Anonymous said...

To God be the glory.

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