Abibat Kehinde, 24, has been abandoned at Epe General Hospital in Lagos with over N131,000 in unpaid bills, three months after giving birth to twins there.
On Friday, Kehinde told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Epe that her husband absconded after she delivered twins on March 21, without paying the hospital bills to facilitate her discharge.
“My husband rides a commercial motorcycle.
Since I gave birth to twins on March 21, he has absconded.
“I wasn’t ready for the second child before, but God knows what’s best,” she said.
Since her abandonment three months ago, the mother of twins said she lacked sufficient food to eat and the babies, too, lacked basic nutrients.
Before he left, my husband complained that he couldn’t afford to feed one child, let alone two children and their mother.
“I haven’t seen him since he left the hospital. Kehinde said, “He left us in the hospital and fled.
She said she managed to raise N30,000 from her medical bill of N161,000, leaving a balance of N131,000 to be settled.
“I have been in the hospital since March without being discharged.
She said that the hospital’s bill keeps rising every day, and she had no alternative means to cover it.
Kehinde appealed to hospital management to release her and the twins.
According to Ayanbisi Rauf, Social Welfare Officer at Epe General Hospital, the woman had been abandoned by her husband.
Despite all efforts by hospital authorities to locate him, the husband abandoned the patient during the past three months, Rauf said.
The patient would not be discharged unless she paid 90percent of her total bills.
Raid said that two other nursing mothers in similar situations to Kehinde would remain in the hospital until they paid their bills.
The doctor appealed to individuals and organizations to help the women settle their bills in order to discharge them from the hospital.