The twin babies abandoned by their mother at Felken Maternity Centre in Shomolu area of Lagos State have been christened, Testimony and Destiny by their father.
This was disclosed by the stepmother of the twins, Mrs. Oluwabunmi Adeyemi, in an interview with newsmen.
She said the baby girls were so named because of the circumstances surrounding their birth.
“Their names are Testimony and Destiny because it took my husband over 20 years to have a child. They were given the names after the eighth day,” she said.
Their mother, Sarah Ademola, had run away from the hospital because she and her husband, Adeyemi Ademola, could not afford to pay the sum of N150,000 to offset the hospital bills, after she was delivered of the twins through a caesarean section last December.
The 49-year-old stepmother said, “What the mother (of the babies) did was wrong. I am not happy with the situation. She shouldn’t have run away. As a woman, I wouldn’t do that. I can’t say why she did it and I would not judge her. I only got to know her a few months ago when my husband told me about her pregnancy.
“I will take care of the babies like my own because I still love my husband. I don’t make enough money from cooking and selling food. But I will do my best to take care of these kids as if they are mine. I don’t have a child of my own yet. I have been the one nursing them at the (maternity) centre since their mother ran away.”
Adeyemi had told newsmen that he took Sarah as his second wife following pressure from family members because of his first’s wife’s inability to conceive.
“When the pressure was unbearable, she (first wife) told me to go ahead and get someone that could give me a child. In less than two years after I met this one (Sarah), she conceived. I was not at home on the day she was delivered of the twins. I was asked to pay N300,000 for the medical bills. I sent N20,000 as a deposit. Because of the nature of my job, I couldn’t get to the hospital immediately,” he said.
Meanwhile, the hospital management said the hospital bill had been settled by an unnamed non-governmental organisation and the twins discharged on Saturday.
The matron of the maternity centre, Gloria Akinbobola, told our correspondent that she hoped that individuals and organisations would fulfill their pledge to support the parents of the newborns.
Speaking with newsmen, Adeyemi, said, “The kids left the hospital today. Concerning the mother of the kids, I have nothing to say on the issue because I don’t know the position that she is in now. There is a time for rain and a time for sun. There is a plan for everyone God created. I believe in God’s plan.”