The pregnancy story of Mrs. Obioma Ede, a housewife, residing in Jakande Estate, Lagos, is that of pain, disappointment and regret of what could have been.
Ede, 40 years, says her inability to get pregnant was caused by a negligent doctor who attended to her during her first pregnancy.
Before her wedding in January 2012, Ede had envisioned a life of bliss with her husband and three children, which was her benchmark in terms of childbearing.
With glee, she looked forward to becoming a mother and was focused on ensuring she was in a good shape to achieve her goal.
She, however, did not get pregnant until after a year.
Three months into her pregnancy, she registered for antenatal at a healthcare centre in her neighbourhood of Jakande Estate in Ejigbo Local Council Development Area, Lagos.
The place, she recalled, came highly recommended by friends and neighbours.
Ede told PUNCH HealthWise that she had a hitch-free pregnancy but trouble started when she went into labour at exactly nine months and was taken to the hospital by her husband.
“I was in labour for over 24 hours and it was not progressing. At a point, my husband couldn’t stand the pain anymore and told the doctor to carry out a Caesarean Section to save my life and that of the baby.
“But the doctor refused, insisting that I must have a vaginal birth.
“The baby’s head became stuck in my pelvic and getting him out became a tug of war.
“Several times, the doctor hooked my baby’s head with forceps and pulled. My husband wept and pleaded for my life,” she recalled in an emotion-laden voice.
Ede said with the baby stuck in her pelvic, the doctor decided to operate, and by then, her baby was distressed.
Distraught, she claimed the doctor inflicted a cut on her baby’s head while operating on her, killing him in the process.
Ede has a huge scar running from under her breast down to her navel to show for the ugly experience.
“I am yet to recover and have been having complications.
“At the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, where I went for treatment, I was diagnosed with adhesion, collapsed fallopian tubes and shrunken womb.
“I later travelled to the United Kingdom for two surgeries and ended up undergoing five. I have been placed on hormonal drugs ever since.
Ede said all she does now is put up a bold face even when it is glaring that her chances of getting pregnant are slim.