A Nigerian couple Adeboye and Ajibola Taiwo has delivered sextuplets at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center after waiting 17 years.
According to the university, 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.
In Novemeber 2016, the couple were overcome with joy when they saw four heartbeats at their first ultrasound. When they arrived VCU Medical Centre wo months later, they discovered they were expecting twins.
“I was excited. For the very first time we were expecting,” Adeboye said.
A 40-man medical team which included experts from maternal-fetal medicine, labor and delivery, nursing, anesthesia, respiratory, neonatal medicine, social work, nutrition, cardiology and chaplain services, helped to deliver the babies in the morning of May 11, 2017.
Adeboye 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 was discharged from the hospital May 18. She and her husband actively participate in the sextuplets’ care in the NICU.
Ajibola said: “I hope for the smallest of my six children to grow up and say ‘I was so small, and look at me now’. 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.”