Doc­tors told me to for­get hav­ing chil­dren and en­joy life at 67– New mum

Weekly Trust - - Front Page - Peter Moses, Abeokuta

For 39 years, she vis­ited sev­eral hos­pi­tals, con­sulted and did many med­i­cal tests both in Nige­ria and In­dia in search of a child.

In the process, she de­vel­oped pelvic in­flam­ma­tory dis­ease and other health is­sues. Then, some med­i­cal per­son­nel ad­vised her to let go of the am­bi­tion of be­com­ing a mother and en­joy her life.

But she was de­ter­mined. At last, 67-yearold Mrs. Aji­bola Otun­busin’s long wait for a child paid off last Satur­day as she de­liv­ered a baby boy.

Beam­ing with smile, the elated mother told Daily Trust how she went through the tur­bu­lent pe­riod with de­ter­mi­na­tion and sup­port of her hus­band.

Speak­ing with our cor­re­spon­dent at the Atoke Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Abeokuta where she went through In Vitro Fer­til­iza­tion and Em­bryo Trans­fer (IVF ET) pro­ce­dure, Mrs. Otun­busin said: “It was the mar­i­tal ful­fill­ment that was push­ing me around, and I am now elated and thank God for the ful­fill­ment of His prom­ise”.

“I got mar­ried at age 25. God said He would give us a son but we didn’t know it would take us so long. I was ill for about 30 years and in seek­ing a child, I got pelvic in­flam­ma­tory dis­ease. I had four ma­jor health is­sues.

“Af­ter go­ing to the hos­pi­tal and be­ing treated both in Nige­ria and In­dia, most nurses and some doc­tors told me that with four ma­jor health is­sues, I should for­get about child bear­ing and live my life. But we were de­ter­mined. God gave us a prom­ise and that kept us go­ing with de­ter­mi­na­tion.”

On how she went through the chal­leng­ing pe­riod, she said, “When I was down, my hus­band’s hope would come up. When he was down I would re­mind him of God’s prom­ise. So, it is good for the two to agree on a vi­tal de­sire. And as Chris­tians, we were de­ter­mined that we won’t look else­where.”

She has a mes­sage for those seek­ing the fruit of the womb. “They should be de­ter­mined. God has two prom­ises in the area of child bear­ing.

First is the gen­eral prom­ise that we should re­plen­ish the earth with chil­dren and with­out re­plen­ish­ing the earth it can­not be filled. Sec­ondly, this has to do with the spe­cific prom­ise for every­one.”

As the in­ter­view was in progress, her hus­band of 39 years, Pro­fes­sor Sa­muel Olorun­towoloju Otun­busin, en­tered the ward.

Otun­busin had re­tired upon clock­ing 70 this year as a pro­fes­sor at the Fed­eral Univer­sity of Agri­cul­ture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB). He de­scribed the ar­rival of his baby as the ful­fill­ment of God’s prom­ise.

“God promised as far back as Novem­ber 1977 that we would have a son. It was when we ac­tu­ally went to a church for coun­sel­ing be­fore mar­riage. While leav­ing the church premises, the young pas­tor then who I learnt is now late, told us that we were go­ing to make his­tory. I kept won­der­ing what his­tory we were go­ing to make. Are we the first to get mar­ried?

“A few years later, and back then in the North, I was pray­ing along­side my wife and for the first time I spoke in tongues. God gave me some names. It was then that I knew my first child would be born in Oc­to­ber and would be a boy. It all de­pends on God for oth­ers but he has done this and the whole world now knows. So, it’s good to be­lieve in God. If you don’t be­lieve in God, who then will you be­lieve in?

“In­ci­den­tally, all the gen­er­a­tion that should have re­ally re­joiced with us to­day, the very last of them passed on a few months ago. So, God is faith­ful. He never dies. When God prom­ises, He ful­fills it. That’s the whole story. If you worry, the worry doesn’t bring any­thing good for you and if you don’t the bet­ter for you. And God is not in a hurry.”

He de­scribed the baby as a baby of pur­pose.

“He is a baby of pur­pose. God has a pur­pose for him in life. And the pur­pose will be ful­filled to the glory of God,” Otun­busin said.

A Con­sul­tant Ob­ste­tri­cian and Gy­ne­col­o­gist, Dr. Taofeek Ogun­fun­mi­layo, who is the Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor of Atoke Med­i­cal Cen­ter, led the med­i­cal team in the one hour oper­a­tion. He re­vealed that man­age­ment of the preg­nancy from the eighth week till the point of de­liv­ery took 36 weeks and two days. Ac­cord­ing to him, the IVF pro­ce­dure be­gan at St IVES Spe­cial­ist Hos­pi­tal be­fore he took over the an­te­na­tal care.

The re­fer­ral let­ter signed by a doc­tor at the spe­cial­ist hos­pi­tal dated April 3, 2018 was sighted by our cor­re­spon­dent.

He said: “I am not the best in Nige­ria. But I be­lieve if God wants some­thing to be done through you, He will surely do. That’s why God di­rected them to my med­i­cal cen­tre and I am grate­ful to Him for the feat recorded.”

Fa­ther of the baby Pro­fes­sor Sa­muel Olorun­towoloju Otun­busin

Mrs Aji­bola Otun­busin, 67, just had her first baby

The baby

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