A divine blessing of a set of triplets to a Nigerian family has made the head of the family, Sunday Odinaka to abandon his lovely wife and take to his heels.
Odinaka a native of Ubaraekwem in Ihiala Local Government Area of the state, reportedly fled his No. 153b Obodoukwu road residence to an unknown destination leaving his wife and the triplet at a private hospital in Okpoko, Ogbaru Local Government Area, Anambra state Thursday because he could not afford the hospital’s medical bills.
It was gathered that prior to the arrival of the triplets, two boys and a girl; the couple already had four kids and were compelled to withdraw them from school due to financial predicaments.
Narrating her ordeal to newsmen on Thursday from her hospital bed, Mrs. Odinaka, a petty trader, said her husband who had expected only a baby from the pregnancy, had pleaded with the Doctor to allow him to look for the sum of N450, 000 to pay his bills but was yet to return two weeks after.
She said, “Before I gave birth to the triplets, there was nothing in the house to eat. I sell sachet water and my husband has no job, sometimes he will do menial work from which we eat.
“We have been living from hand to mouth until the arrival of the triplets and the trouble became worse. My husband has been complaining about how to afford the hospital bill even before I gave birth believing I will deliver just one baby.
“But on seeing three of them, coupled with the already four kids that are not adequately fed, he abandoned us up to two weeks now. Worse still, he has no phone to call him with.
“I’m sure the N450, 000 bills he was asked to pay at the hospital due to complication I had was the major reason my husband abandoned us.”
The nursing mother further disclosed that her daughter who she usually sends home to get hot water for bathing the triplets said she has not set her eyes on her father.
“My daughter said that somebody told her that her father swore never to return until he was sure the hospital bill was settled.
While revealing that she had been able to raise about N50,000 from friends and well-wishers, the victim appealed to the wife of the state Governor, Chief Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano, to come to her rescue.
“Before my husband fled, he submitted a petition to the office of the first Lady and Commissioner for Women and Children Welfare that I gave birth to triplets and needed help, but no response. That may be part of the frustration that made him to flee,” she added.
Reacting, Anambra state chairman, Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), Comrade Vincent Ezekwueme said the family was in dire need of financial assistance not only for offsetting the hospital bill but feeding the babies.
He also appealed for the engagement of the husband with a meaningful job to enable him to fend for his family.