Abibat Kehinde, a 24-year-old woman, was abandoned at Epe General Hospital in Lagos State three months after giving birth to twins there due to unpaid bills totalling N131,000.
On Friday in Epe, Kehinde told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that her husband absconded after her delivery on March 21, without paying the bills that would have allowed her to be discharged from the hospital.
“My husband is a commercial motorcycle rider,” says the woman.
Since I gave birth to the twins on March 21, he has been missing.
“I wasn’t prepared for a second child before, but God knows best,” she explained.
Since her abandonment three months ago, the mother of twins claims she has been unable to eat enough food, and the babies have also been deprived of basic nutrients.
“Before he left, my husband complained that he couldn’t afford to feed one child, let alone two with their mother and that he couldn’t afford to pay the huge hospital bill.
“He has not returned to check on me or the children since he left the hospital. He absconded after abandoning us in the hospital, ” Kehinde said.
She claimed that she was able to raise N30,000 from her N161,000 medical bill, leaving a balance of N131,000 to be paid.
“I’ve been in the hospital since March and have yet to be discharged by the hospital administration.
She explained, “The hospital bill keeps increasing every day, and I don’t have any other means to offset the hospital bills.”
Kehinde pleaded with the hospital administration to release her and the baby twins.
Mr Ayanbisi Rauf, Epe General Hospital’s Social Welfare Officer, confirmed that the woman had been abandoned by her husband.
“In the last three months, the patient’s husband abandoned him, and all efforts by hospital authorities to locate him proved futile,” Rauf said.
The patient would only be released if she paid 90% of her total bills, he said.
Raid said two other nursing mothers in a similar situation to Kehinde would stay in the hospital until their bills were paid.
He pleaded with charitable individuals and organizations to help the women pay their bills so they could be released from the hospital.