A Nigerian woman who gave birth to quadruplets in one of the largest hospitals in the United Kingdom Priscilla has bagged a bill of more than £500,000 which she has being unable to pay since giving birth to her babies.
Although Priscilla, 43, had intended to give birth to the babies in Chicago, US, where she has family, she was turned away by border officials when she arrived due to claims that she did not have required documents from a hospital stating that she had the money to pay for the birth.
Upon arrival in London at Heathrow airport in November, 2016, while returning to Nigeria, Priscilla, a healthcare worker went into labour. She was taken to the Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital in west London, where she delivered the four babies
One sadly died shortly after birth while another, a girl named Deborah, passed away on Saturday. The other two, Elijah and Esther, are still being treated on the hospital’s neonatal intensive care ward.
Staff estimate that the total bill for the highly complex birth and the care of the babies is already more than £500,000. The cost of treating one baby in neonatal intensive care is £20,000 a week.
Priscilla is currently staying at a hostel run by a charity and is unable to afford the bill. Her husband is in Nigeria, and cannot come to Britain to help take care of her as he does not have enough money for a visa or the flight.
Priscilla underwent IVF treatment, as she was struggling to conceive naturally due to her age. She was told by her doctor to fly to the US to have her babies, as Nigerian hospitals do not have the ‘facilities to cater for the children’.
She says “Even if I worked every day – I would never be able to pay up. My kids are priceless.”