Pro Vita Makes History with 5 Babies (Quintuplets
History was made at the Pro Vita Specialist Hospital in Tema in April 2006, when the facility delivered the first set of quintuplets (five children) in the country.
Led by a girl and followed by four healthy-looking boys, the babies, who were delivered between 9.30 a.m. and 9.36 a.m., weighed between 1.7 pounds and 1.9 pounds.
The babies, who were delivered through a successful caesarian operation on a 34-year-old woman, are currently being kept in incubators to enable them to feel independent after spending 34 weeks in their mother’s womb together.
The babies are expected to incubate in their new abode for a maximum of two weeks before they will be released to their mother, who is fast recuperating after her six-minute ordeal.
When the Daily Graphic team arrived at the hospital shortly after the babies were delivered, some patients who had been told about the success story screamed in ecstasy and could not help congratulating the babies’ father.
“Ayekoo, ayekoo, ayekoo,” both patients and nurses on duty said in amazement, while some of the ladies jokingly asked the babies’ father, who pleaded anonymity, to teach them what they termed the “trick”.
Medical facts about this kind of birth indicate that the normal pregnancy for quintuplets should be up to 30 weeks, but the beauty of this historic birth is that the babies were kept for 34 weeks in the womb.
The babies’ father was initially lost for words and when he started speaking, his first words were, “It is the work of God.”
For him, it took a blend of technology and God’s power, through a doctor, to perform this miracle.
Although he was on many occasions very illusive when asked questions, most of the time saying, “I want you to respect our right to remain anonymous,” he quoted several verses of the Bible to describe his joy at what had come to stay in Ghana’s record of human procreation.
The man, who hails from the Volta Region, is believed to be in his late 40s and insisted on not mentioning his name nor his wife’s
Not even the persistent requests from the doctor could compel him to talk, only nodding in agreement to the story the doctor narrated to the Daily Graphic team.
Dr Joe Mainoo, the owner of the hospital, who facilitated the delivery, explained that the delivery was attained after an invitro fertilisation, a process of assisting couples who cannot otherwise have children through the natural way.
He said the babies were kept in an incubator to allow them the opportunity to live independently for a week or two, having been together for 34 weeks, the babies needed to be separated through the same conditions they found themselves in the womb, hence their being kept in the incubator.
An excited Dr Mainoo described the event as one which would be booked in medical history because, unlike other quintuplets who were kept in the womb for a maximum of 30 months, in this case the babies, through the co-operation of their mother, were kept for 34 weeks.
According to him, the babies were kept for that long to allow them to be delivered at a mature stage. Dr Mainoo said normally when such deliveries were made, people misconstrued them to be fetish and abnormal.
He disabused the minds of such sceptics and urged couples in need of babies to seek medical assistance from specialists and not play the blame game.
Story By Charles Benoni Okine- Source: Daily Graphic 08/04/06
Some success stories from patients who applied for our services.
- By the Grace of God, I was able to make itPosted: Wed, 31 Dec, 1969
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- I was amazed to see my wife delivered QuadrupletsPosted: Wed, 31 Dec, 1969
Our dream came to pass at Pro Vita Specialist Hospital after fervently praying to God for a miracle. The specialist at this centre really gave us hope when we first visited them but honestly little did i expect my wife giving birth to quadruplets. Am so happy, other couples at Pro Vita should hold on to the faith since they have experts with proven and living track records... Samuel Ansah
- Very complicated fibroid removed.Posted: Wed, 31 Dec, 1969
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- Thank you Pro Vita Specialist HospitalPosted: Wed, 31 Dec, 1969
Mrs Obeng-Sakyi had, for seven years, been looking for a baby after her marriage to Mr Alex Obeng-Sakyi, an employee of the Cocoa Marketing Company (CMC) in Takoradi.
Through in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) embryo transfer, two boys and three girls were delivered by Dr Joe Mainoo, the Medical Director of the hospital, on May 9, 2011.