MAURICE OKAFOR writes that Mr Ifeanyi Ugwu, who abandoned her wife, Mrs Precious Ebere Ugwu, after she put to bed a quadruplet at Enugu State University Teaching Hospital [ESUTH], Parklane, Enugu, has been reunited with his family.
Ugwu told South East Voice that he is grateful to God though initially shocked over His blessings upon them. He thanked Nigerians whom God used to come to their rescue.
Ugwu a small scale struggling trader pleaded for God’s grace and additional support from members of the public to enable him start off a new business, so he can fend for his family.
His wife, Mrs Precious Ugwu, an unemployed graduate hails from a community in Nsukka local government area of Enugu state, the same community with her husband.
The babies, three boys and a girl at one delivery instead of being a thing of joy to the couple became a source of worry, obviously due to their low economic background amidst prevailing economic hardship in the country.
Though the pitiable condition of the wife and four kids attracted the sympathy of the hospital workers and visiting members of the public, but it was not to the extent of letting her to go without paying her hospital bills, as she was finally discharged on May 27. She remained within the premises of the hospital in line with the hospital’s existing culture of not allowing a discharged but indebted patient go from the hospital until whenever, payable.
Mr Jonathan Emmanuel, an aide to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and his wife, Pharmacist Nkechinyere, pitied their condition after reading her fate on facebook and decided to come to the rescue on Wednesday, June 19. They stormed ESUTH, Parklane, Enugu, located Mrs Ugwu and her quadruplet, paid her bills and urged her to pack up her baggage.
With tears of joy, Mrs Ugwu grumbled of leaving the hospital. She complained of her helpless situation in their rented house at Olympic Street, off One-Day Road, Agbani Road, without any close help, due to remoteness of the area.
Mrs Ugwu in a telephone chat confirmed that assistance has gradually started trickling in, as she also confirmed the return of her husband Mr Ifeanyi Ugwu.
In a brief chat, Mr Jonathan, the media aide to Governor Ugwuanyi, disclosed that he has no previous knowledge of the couple, but was disturbed in his spirit when he read the precarious condition of Mrs Ugwu and her quadruplet on Facebook. Then through the mutual understanding between him and his wife after their discussion, they decided to render help.
He did not disclose the actual amount they used in offsetting the hospital bill, but said they considered making the action public, so as to attract the sympathy of other spirited individuals to the plight of Mrs Ugwu and her quadruplets. If not, they would have gone to pay the bills silently and quietly return to their house.
It would be recalled that Mr Jonathan and wife, have resuscitated a mentally deranged girl, a graduate of banking and finance at Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital, Enugu, and thereafter rehabilitated and re-united her with her family.
Likewise, they have conducted free medical test and drug administration for the rural dwellers in their community, in Igbo Eze South local government area of Enugu state.
The mother of the quadruplets gave her contact thus: Phone number- 08035454346. Account Details- UGWU EBERE PRECIOUS, 0018085166. STANBIC BANK.