This has got to be a contender for the most heartwarming story of 2017!
For seventeen years, Ajibola Taiwo and her husband Adeboye prayed for a baby – then God blessed them with six!
The couple welcomed their sextuplets to the world on May 11. Ajibola gave birth to three boys and three girls, under the watchful eye of a 40-strong team of medics.
The miraculous babies ranged in weight from just 1lb 10oz to 2lbs 15oz.
All six are said to be thriving in the neonatal intensive care unit at Virginia Commonwealth University Children’s Hospital in Virginia, Richmond.
The couple tried to conceive for almost two decades before their dreams were finally realized.
It wasn’t until a hospital appointment in January that the expectant parents discovered they were actually expecting sextuplets.
“I was excited,” said proud new dad Adeboye, who is originally from Western Nigeria.
“For the very first time we were expecting.”
On May 11, when the babies were delivered via C-section, medics from across the hospital were on hand to monitor both mom and babies.
The team included experts in maternal and foetal medicine, labour and delivery, nursing, anaesthesia, respiratory, neonatal medicine, social work and cardiology.
Dr Ronald Ramus, who was part of the team that helped deliver the babies, said it was vital for the doctors and nurses to develop a relationship with the couple.
“We’re going through this extraordinary journey together with the family,” he said.
“It’s not every day that parents bring home sextuplets. Mrs Taiwo was eating, sleeping and breathing for seven.”
New dad Adeboye praised the medics, adding they all performed beyond his expectations.
“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.”
Mum Ajibola was discharged from hospital on May 18, but spends most of the day back at the hospital caring for her babies.
She 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.”
What an amazing story – congratulations on your bundles of joy!