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|59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by Nobody: 7:33pm On Dec 23, 2012|
On December 6, 2012, 59-year-old Mrs. Oloruntoyin Adeola Alabi repeated the biblical Sarah’s feat when she gave birth to a healthy baby girl five years after reaching menopause. This educationist and proprietress of Praise Children’s School, Okota, Lagos proved science wrong and reinforced the belief that with God nothing is impossible. She laughed, just like Sarah did when the prophets told her she would conceive and bear a son. In Mrs Alabi’s case, the forebear didn’t tell the exact sex of the baby as Sarah was told.
Alabi, a native of Owu Local Government Area of Ogun State, got married on December 19, 1981, to 62-year-old Pastor Samuel Olasukanmi Alabi from Ibadan Southeast Local Government Area of Oyo State. When NEWSMEN visited the couple’s residence at Okota, Lagos, Mrs Alabi whose joy as she narrated her marital journey turned into misty eyes, said the 31-year-old inter-state marriage had passed through rough times, including three miscarriages in 1982, 1983 and 1984 before the tortuous journey of childlessness.
Narrating her ordeal, she said: “I am 59 years and four months old now; I’ll be 60 years by August 2013. I got married on December 19, 1981; that is 31 years ago. It was that I had problem conceiving, because immediately we got wedded, I got pregnant but I had miscarriages. In April 1982, I had the first miscarriage, it was a girl. In 1983, I had another miscarriage, this time it was a set of twins. In 1984, I lost another pregnancy. After that, pregnancy ceased and that was the beginning of my agony.”
Extended family pressures
Though she could not conceive again after three consecutive miscarriages, she said her in-laws were understanding and co-operative, but her own immediate family members were the ones that gave her sleepless nights. She said her family members wanted her to opt out of the marriage as they felt she might not be compatible with her husband, but as a devout member of the Deeper Life Bible Church, she turned down their offer. When she refused to divorce her husband, her people said she try a herbalist, who they believed could help her get pregnant, but she held on to her faith.
She said: “I remember my maternal uncle telling me that maybe it was not the will of God that we should marry, and advised me to end the marriage and look for where I could get pregnant and have a baby. But, as a member of the Deeper Life Bible Church, I told them whatever God has joined together, nobody should put asunder. They made several suggestions, but we turned all of them down because they were against our faith as Christians. It was in the same 1984 that they left us to our faith after they had reminded me that my husband could get married even at the age of 100 and still bear children, but as for me, I have a limited time. In 1994, exactly 10 years after their last visit, they came back again and told me that since my God had still not given me children, I should go with them to an herbalist so that I could have children, but I still rejected the idea. I told them that God would do it and even if He didn’t, there was no cause for alarm, because your children cannot take you to heaven. If you have 10 children and you die, nobody will bury you with any of them; just be good to others so that when you die without a child, there would be people to bury you. So, it was my family that worried us. As for my husband’s family, they were only praying for us. They believed the God we serve would surely answer us.”
Medical trip abroad::
According Mrs Alabi, when all efforts to get pregnant after visits to several hospitals failed and her people were still pressuring her to find solution to her problem, her husband’s younger brother, who lives in the United States of America, invited them over for further medical check.
Speaking on their trip to America, she said: “When the pressure from my people became unbearable, my husband’s younger brother who lives in America took us there for assistance. According to the young man, stress in Nigeria was responsible for our problem. He made provision for my husband and I to be together for four months doing what husband and wife do to produce children, but when nothing happened after four months, he decided to take us to hospital. We went to one of the best hospitals in California, and at the end of the day doctors said the drug I was using in Nigeria, Clomate, had damaged all the eggs in my system. I used Clomate for more than 10 years just to conceive as prescribed by my doctor in Nigeria; although my doctor prescribed it only once, but I kept using it each time I saw my menses, hoping I could achieve pregnancy with it. The American doctors said I was old and that there was no live egg in my system again. I was 46 years then.”
So, with the verdict of the American doctors, they came back to Nigeria and consigned their fate to God. However, in 2007, at the age of 52, God blessed the Alabi family with a baby girl, Ayomide, but then, the 52-year-old educationist was still menstruating.
Having had Ayomide, Mrs Alabi looked forward to having more children before the cessation of her menstrual flow, but that did not happen. In 2007, two years after God blessed her with Ayomide, she reached menopause, thus signalling the end of her child-bearing age, according to scientific postulations. Although she had wished for more children, she decided to console herself with Ayomide. So, in January, when a woman prophesied that she would conceive and bear a child this year, she did not believe the woman.
Speaking about the prophecy, she said: “I am a member of Deeper Life Bible Church and every January we have a covenant prayer with our General Superintendent (GS) Pastor Kumuyi. It is a one-month programme and when I came back one day from the programme, a woman, whose children attend my school, greeted me and said God had given her a message for me. I offered her a seat and listened to the message. She said she was praying when God told her in a vision to go to ‘Mama Praise’ and tell her that He would visit her with a baby this year, 2012. I just laughed and said okay; but she said I should not laugh because it was a message from God. She started raining curses upon herself if the message was not from God, but I intervened and stopped her. She is a member of another church. Immediately, she left, I went to my pastor to narrate what the woman had told me. That was because I didn’t believe what she told me. If I believed her, I wouldn’t have gone to tell my pastor again. But my pastor said well; let’s believe because there is nothing God cannot do. I still didn’t believe. As we were praying during the second Sunday of that January programme with our GS, I went into prayer mood. I was praying with my assistant pastor who has about nine children and as the prayer went on I held on to the woman and was saying, ‘God, this month should not pass me by. Let what you have said come to pass.’
Knowledge of pregnancy::
When asked how she knew she was pregnant, she said she went to hospital when her body was aching. She didn’t go to hospital for pregnancy test because she didn’t suspect anything; she had only gone to know why she was feeling pain all over her body:
“When I began to feel pains all over my body, I went for a medical check. After examining me, they asked if I wanted to be the biblical Sarah of today; I didn’t believe what they were saying. They told me I was five months pregnant.”
Life after medical check up:
When she came back from hospital with the result, she said: “I was only eating. I stopped going to church because the distance is far and I was having pains. I was attending the church in my house. I stopped working completely. I needed adequate rest and I was eating lots of vegetables and fruits. I discovered that I consumed more food than before. So, when the pregnancy finally showed, I was filled with joy; I had the joy of the Lord, but I sent for many pastors to pray for me because I still did not believe a baby was inside me. Could it be a disease? I was confused.
“When it was time for delivery, the baby only took about 10 minutes and it was through the normal virginal delivery. Her name is Oluwatobi Ayomikun Victoria.”
On her husband’s reaction when she told him of the prophecy, Mr Alabi said: “I just said, let the will of God be done, because there is nothing God cannot do, especially with the gift of our daughter who has been a great blessing to us. It’s like she was prophesying when she said, “mummy give me a sister.” We tried to tell her to ask for a brother, but she kept saying sister and that statement touched me because I didn’t want her to be alone. She is now seven. Today, God has answered her prayer and she now has a sister. To me, our God is so good; a God that can bring life out of death. So, it’s like God is bringing life out of death and that’s what really gives me joy.”
Like Mrs Alabi, who said her Christian belief never gave her cause to fear that her husband could take a second wife, Mr Alabi also said: “There was nothing like taking a second wife because of my background. I got married in Deeper Life Bible Church. We have been taught that marriage is for life and we believe that. We understand each other.
My ordeal – Mr Alabi
Although, it is all joy today as the family of Alabi now has two lovely daughters and everybody seems to have forgotten the journey so far, Mr Alabi is not in a haste to forget what his family passed through in the last 31 years. Remembering the past and relating it with the present, he said: “I want to add that the journey was not all that easy. After series of miscarriages, the pregnancy ceased. The last miscarriage was so serious, because it was about five months old and it was an ectopic pregnancy, (a pregnancy located outside the inner lining of the uterus). She was operated on and one of the fallopian tubes was cut off. She almost died. So, she has only one fallopian tube now. Since then, we have visited several hospitals, in and outside Nigeria.”
More children wanted if…
Although, his wife no longer sees her menstrial flow and he knows very well that even the birth of Victoria was a miracle, Mr Alabi wouldn’t mind more children if it’s the will of God. “I have no option; whatever God does is my wish. Let the will of God be done.”
In the same vein, Mrs Alabi would happily welcome more children if God so wishes even as she said it is not easy to care for new born at old age. She said: “Yes, I will be happy to have more children if God allows it.”
What a miracle !
|Re: 59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by OkikiOluwa1(m): 8:05pm On Dec 23, 2012|
What a miracle!
|Re: 59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by greatgod2012(f): 2:50am On Dec 24, 2012|
Awesomeness of God!
Who says God never perfom wonders as of old, if we serve him genuinely, he will bless us genuinely.
Thank God for this family.
|Re: 59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by Nobody: 7:17am On Dec 24, 2012|
People will say its impossible!
Lord Almighty.... I use this miracle as a point of contact to bless all those women on TTC thread and even others looking unto you for the fruit of the womb.. IJN (amen)
|Re: 59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by Nobody: 7:57am On Dec 24, 2012|
As soon as I opened this thread I knew I will see what Pastor said yet no interview from Doctors who receieved such a rare medical feat.
Nigerians, what hospital did she give birth in? Why didn't they interview the Doctor who received such aa rare case? The Doctor would have been on her case as this is an extra special delivery.
She would have been closely observed and managed and entered into the medical Journal but as usual the Hospital name is clearly missing from the story and Doctors report and interview none existant, yet we will shout halleluyah until a mother comes to claim her baby and we see a "Mary" case repeat.
I believe in miracles oh, but let us ask the right questions, let these miracles be verifiable.
I for one am interested in hearing her Doctors veiws, no Doctor will get a 59 year old positive pregnancy test and not annouce this to the world as a special case.
Till I read from a certified Doctor and not a trado medical lungu Doctor I reserve my commentsm
|Re: 59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by Nobody: 10:03am On Dec 24, 2012|
Miracles happen, God does wonders.
I know of a couple who have been married for over 20yrs. Pastors FYI and have no child. They went and adopted the first child last 2years and published their stories on the pages of newspapers claiming this kind of miracle. Last year adopted the second one too. Adoption is not bad but saying these kids are their biological kids is not right. Some couples who read their stories will look up to them and be having high hopes. Abi dem neva loose hope wey make dem go adopt? And deceiving those that they are flocking that its a miracle.
|Re: 59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by Nobody: 10:32am On Dec 24, 2012|
You want to scam Nigerians just use the words "Pastor" and "Prophesy".
Who are the newsmen who could not ask for the Doctors side of the story? See how they cleverly refused to name the hospital "when it was time for delivery", lol talk true jor, na where you born? Who be the Doctor wey handle this miraculosu labor of a menuposal woman and yet refused to report it in a medical journal?
How was she managed? What were the steps taken by the hospital to make sure she didn't have pregnancy related BP which is very high risk for women over 35, having my second baby in my 30s I know the resstrictions and close marking I got from Doctors, so how Doctor no enter this matter? Them talk say them go America, soon they will say they no trust Nigerian Doctors.
What hospital did they do the initial pregnancy test oh?
So many questions no answers but off course its a "miracle" let us all shout "halleluyah", doubting thomases like me, zip it.
|Re: 59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by Nobody: 10:35am On Dec 24, 2012|
Lol, I trust Fashola and Lagos Social welfare laws sha, soon they will pounce on them like dogs on heat till they get their answers, God help them, I will wait till then before shouting "halleluyah"
|Re: 59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by Nobody: 10:36am On Dec 24, 2012|
Debrief confirmed I've seen similar case in Nigeria in late 90s in Nigeria, this one is 61yr old Igbo woman,
she has never had a child before and her interviewed medical crew said it was possible 'with help' ( which was the clause we were yet to understand)
It was a special health news on NTA 10:00pm network service news ..... I meant everybody was interviewed with baby shown confirmed . The woman was on bed rest since her second trimester started if my memory served me right.
My point; it's possible.
|Re: 59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by Nobody: 10:43am On Dec 24, 2012|
Off course Jide we remember the News Line case in 1990, we also remember how the real mother came on and the fight for baby "mary" ensued, lasting years and years, Abike Dabiri rose to fame on that case alone. The "Medical Team" you mentioned in that story was a Midwife who stole the baby from the babys mother. Who can ever forget the long long drama that took place, last I saw of "miracle baby Mary" she was 14 still in an orphanage as the case never finish then.
Now back to this story:
It is possible but let it be verifiable. I watched in London the story of a 54 year old woman who was implanted with eggs from a younger donor and as soon as she was 4 months pregnant was on bedrest, what Doctor will let a 59 year old owman vag-inally deliver?
|Re: 59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by Nobody: 10:45am On Dec 24, 2012|
Jide do some more research of the "confirmed" case you saw oh. Make e no be say na me talk am, Everyone remembers that story and the crazy scandal after it.
|Re: 59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by Nobody: 10:53am On Dec 24, 2012|
I have no freaking idea what you just said happened ! Jeez so NTA now brings wash wash news ?
I had to subscribe for a special dish (besides my cable ) so we can watch this NTA network & Nightline news
I'm on it .
|Re: 59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by Nobody: 11:03am On Dec 24, 2012|
NTA made a report and followed up on it, it was not a wash wash news, it was a story of interest and they reported and when the story got K leg they also reprted, when police netered the matter they also reported.
Any Nigerian who watched News line in the 90s will confirm the whole drama, that is how Abike got so popular, Baby Mary's Story.
I ask you honestly, didn't you notice holes in this story? Or the miracle part just overwhelmed you totally?
What Doctor will allow a 59 year old woman have a vag-inal birth? Why isn't there a Doctors report in this sory seeing how not so common it is, isn't a Doctors story of how he maanaged her case necessary? Not a single hospital was mentioned in the testimony, it didn't strike you as strange?
My people sha
|Re: 59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by Nobody: 11:16am On Dec 24, 2012|
debrief08: NTA made a report and followed up on it, it was not a wash wash news, it was a story of interest and they reported and when the story got K leg they also reprted, when police netered the matter they also reported.
Lol are you surprised? There was a story on NL front page last week or so about a mad woman being 'cured' of madness after she was hit by a vehicle. Come and see people praising God up and down. Meanwhile it's most likely that a brain injury from the accident caused the personality change. I won't be surprised to hear that poor woman eventually died from the brain injury. That's how the people on that thread too will go and spread the 'confirmed' news.
|Re: 59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by Goldenheart(m): 11:57am On Dec 24, 2012|
|Re: 59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by pak: 12:07pm On Dec 24, 2012|
debrief08: As soon as I opened this thread I knew I will see what Pastor said yet no interview from Doctors who receieved such a rare medical feat.
absolutely fantastic !
You've just done the job for the one million or so intelligent Nigerians reading this article. You've asked the right questions.
Without doubt I believe in God,
I believe in miracles
I believe with God all things are possible
but I also 'believe' in the dubiousness of Nigerians.
I take this story with a pinch of salt (maybe an entire spoonful actually)
I remember the 'mary' story . Once it broke on news line, it became a favorite of even the tabloids.
Infact, in this case, its not just the second child 'Ayomikun', am also skeptical about the first 'Ayomide'.
The sad part about people like this is that they don't know when to keep their mouth shut (but how will 'God catch them' if they do ?)
. . . .anyway, as it is said in this clime. Its 'Innocent' until proven guilty, so for now, I rejoice with her
|Re: 59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by Iaz93: 12:07pm On Dec 24, 2012|
debrief08: As soon as I opened this thread I knew I will see what Pastor said yet no interview from Doctors who receieved such a rare medical feat.OKAY
|Re: 59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by Nobody: 12:17pm On Dec 24, 2012|
Its not God or Miracle or extra ordinary. Most of the food we eat are genetically modified to restore fertility, now you can have kids at any age with the right drugs, food and state of mind.
|Re: 59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by Batam(m): 12:32pm On Dec 24, 2012|
debrief08: As soon as I opened this thread I knew I will see what Pastor said yet no interview from Doctors who receieved such a rare medical feat..
Is it every strange thing that happens on the earth that the newspapers report on or you see on tv, madam de think wela before commenting
|Re: 59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by pristine700yah: 12:37pm On Dec 24, 2012|
For others who are still believing in this kind of Miracle, dont give up God never late. He is at work over ur case, Rejoice 2013 is ur yr. Congrats
|Re: 59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by Blendy77(f): 12:50pm On Dec 24, 2012|
I don't't know the woman in question and how she conceived but I can boldly tell you that its not impossible. Maybe she conceived via ivf and doesn't want to say so. If you read the ivf thread, I also told a story of an elderly woman of about 60years or early 60's that brought her baby to the clinic to show appreciation to the Drs and nurses for helping her conceive. I wasn't the only who noticed the lady because another Nairalander also confirmed that she was also at the clinic the day the lady came. Here's Georges memorial clinic number 012715320. Any of you can call to confirm. The lady was there last week tuesday to be precise.
Secondly I also witnessed another elderly lady of not less than 60 too celebrating her bfp about same time I got mine in Georges. That should be early may this year. What I can't tell is if she is still carrying the pregnancy or has given birth or has had a miscarriage cos I haven't seen her after that day. Its possible she is doing her antenatal elsewhere or has traveled out of the country.
Finally, one of my bosses also delivered a set of twins early last year at 54 via ivf as well but she won't tell you she did IVF. I knew she did cos my company's Dr showed me her file one of those bad days I was crying in his office over my inability to conceive. The Dr couldn't console me and he brought out the file to show me her age and said if God can do it for this lady who is older than your mum, why can't you trust God to do your own.
So don't conclude on this woman's case because she could actually have carried that baby to term even with menopause.
|Re: 59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by Nobody: 12:53pm On Dec 24, 2012|
|Re: 59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by Bluediamond1(f): 1:09pm On Dec 24, 2012|
|Re: 59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by sylva1: 1:13pm On Dec 24, 2012|
Only a fool will say in his heart that God does not exist..
|Re: 59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by boolet(m): 1:13pm On Dec 24, 2012|
The woman's pix-
|Re: 59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by smsmoney(m): 1:26pm On Dec 24, 2012|
Nothing pass God
|Re: 59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by oyb(m): 1:38pm On Dec 24, 2012|
Dna test maybe even a blood test will put paid to this BS
|Re: 59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by kingron: 1:39pm On Dec 24, 2012|
65 yrs old woman gave birth to a child in my area last year after giving up like 20 yrs ago ..though an albino girl she gave birth to..
|Re: 59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by porka: 1:42pm On Dec 24, 2012|
Blendy77: I don't't know the woman in question and how she conceived but I can boldly tell you that its not impossible. Maybe she conceived via ivf and doesn't want to say so. If you read the ivf thread, I also told a story of an elderly woman of about 60years or early 60's that brought her baby to the clinic to show appreciation to the Drs and nurses for helping her conceive. I wasn't the only who noticed the lady because another Nairalander also confirmed that she was also at the clinic the day the lady came. Here's Georges memorial clinic number 012715320. Any of you can call to confirm. The lady was there last week tuesday to be precise.
Let journalists do their job then and ask proper questions.
What is shameful in IVF?
It was all celebration on TV yesterday for Nordica Hospital IVF recipients, including the children.
But, seriously why would a 59 year old woman want to have a child?
It is to turn him/her motherless in few years?
|Re: 59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by bunmioguns(m): 1:45pm On Dec 24, 2012|
This is the Lord's doing . . . .it's marvellous in our eye
|Re: 59-Yr-old Woman Gives Birth In Lagos by salsera(f): 1:51pm On Dec 24, 2012|
Good questions raised Debrief
I think the issue really is with the reporters - if they went as as far as all the other details of her life then I think a bit more digging would reveal the hospital and more questions about the last pregnancy.
The story does tell that she did try fertility treatments all these years and its probably certain that their time in the US was for assisted conception methods. Some people go through those methods for up to 11trials and that can span a long number of years and thats not counting years of fertility drugs and natural conception beforehand. Im pretty certain their first girl was through assisted conception method, a bit more digging would verify that of the last child.
Besides pastors names werent mentioned so i dont think its cheap publicity but a bit more investigative publicity on the part of the reporters is vital. But then its Sun newspapers - what do they do with all their other stories? plenty univestigated stories and gossip.
Adoption is tricky though in telling people especially when you dont want people to treat your child differently - na our culture sha and its just sad that ppl would have to lie to cover this.
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