What ordinarily should have been a thing of joy turned sour recently, as a mother of five, Mrs. Paulina Lucius, was delivered of a set of premature quadruplets. The incident took place at the Rural Hospital in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The birth of the quadruplets has brought the total number of the woman’s children to nine. Paulina’s husband, Mr. Lucius Kanvong, had in the early hours of February 27, this year, visited his wife, who was in labour at the hospital.
He was reportedly shocked to have met his wife with four premature children. Confused, he expressed a mixture of joy and worry, as he had limited resources to raise the four children. One of those who got wind of the arrival of the premature children was Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO). He called on government and well-meaning Nigerians to support the family, whose breadwinner, Mr. Kanvong, is a peasant farmer in Assu-Attakar village, Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Already, some concerned Nigerians have been showing concern and supporting the family. They include Chairman of Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Mr. Kumai Babung, and the Chief of Takab Chiefdom, Mr. Tobias Wada (Agwan Takab 1). They were said to have visited the family to felicitate with them and offer material and financial donations.
Although the birth of the quadruplets has continued to attract compliments from well wishers, Mr. Lucius Kanvong, the father, appears to have received the babies with mixed feelings.
While he is happy that the wife successfully delivered four babies at a time, the challenge of catering for the children continues to haunt him. According to Mr. Jerry Bighan, elder brother to the father of the quadruplets, who is also a staff of the Kaduna State Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Lucius, has continued to live with the fear of the unknown, having had five children already.
Bighan explained that Lucius had confided in him that he was expecting just one baby to make up six children and stop childbearing but has now ended up with nine children. Moreover, he is worried that as a peasant farmer, he may not be able to cater for the children.
While expressing gratitude to God Almighty for the support given to the family so far, Jerry Bighan further called for more assistance from government, non-governmental organisations and concerned Nigerians to enable the family cater for the children and raise them well, stressing that the father is just a peasant farmer with minimal income.
Meanwhile, the premature quadruplets (two boys and two girls) are reportedly being cared for in an incubator at the St. Gerald’s Hospital in Kaduna State, while the mother has since been discharged from the hospital but remains under close observation by the doctors.
Ayakoroma, who pledged to support the family, also called on more Nigerians to support the couple so that that the coming of the children would remain a source of blessing rather than cause untold hardship for the family.