Despite the world deadly pandemic COVID19, at St Ives Clinic history record again, as 68-year-old woman delivers twins at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) through an elective cesarean section on Tuesday, April 14.
A statement signed by the Chairman, Medical Advisory Council of LUTH, Prof. Wasiu Adeyemo, said the woman was pregnant for the first time after undergoing In Vitro Fertilisation.
He said, “LUTH has successfully delivered a 68-year old primigravida (pregnant for the first time) with twin (a male and a female) gestation (pregnancy) following an IVF conception. She was delivered through an elective Caesarean section at 37 weeks gestation on April 14, 2020.
“The IVF and embryo transfer were done at an outside facility. She was thereafter referred to LUTH at early gestation and subsequently managed till term. This is the first in LUTH, Nigeria, and Africa! Mother and babies are well.”
According to healthline.com, IVF is a type of assistive reproductive technology that involves retrieving eggs from a woman’s ovaries and fertilising them with sperm.
Mrs Adenuga has earlier undergone an IVF and embryo transfer under the close supervision of Dr Babatunde Okewale at St Ives Hospital, Abeokuta. The foremost fertility clinic in Nigeria had already broken many records in helping women to conceive through IVF but this was on a whole different level.
The difficulty of getting a woman of an advanced age to conceive cannot be overstated. Yet, Dr Okewale was unfazed. When there is a will, there is a way. His decade-long experience in the field came to the fore during the difficult process. Allied to Mrs Adenuga’s fierce desire to finally scale the childbearing hurdle, the impossible was made possible as the embryo was successfully transferred to her womb.
Thereafter, she was referred to LUTH at early gestation where the able Dr Okunowo and his team managed her till term.
If these were normal times, the latest mother in town would already have been showered with gifts and congratulations from well-meaning Nigerians. LUTH would have been besieged by those wishing to catch a glimpse of the miracle mother and children. These, sadly, are not normal times. But nothing, not even Covid-19, can dim her joy.