FROM OMNI FERTILITY CENTRE
With a little over N1million, a couple’s five-year search for the fruit of the womb has become history. Late last year, the couple smiled home with a bouncing baby boy delivered normally at the OMNI Advanced Medical Centre in Lagos.
A single lady in her 30s graciously carried the pregnancy at the cost of N200, 000, thus ending the couple’s nightmare.
The N200, 000 was compensation for the lady that carried the pregnancy, while the balance paid was for medical bills and cost of In vitro fertilization.
The lady that carried the pregnancy on behalf of the couple hails from the South Western part of the country and lives in Lagos, while the couple from the South East, reside in the east. But the hospital ensured anonymity between both parties.
The couple who were referred from the east had indicated their interest to have a baby through the procedure, following medical indication that the surrogate mother was unfit to carry a pregnancy to term. It took the hospital one year from the time the couple showed interest to secure a match for the contract.
In the last two years, over 20 couples have approached the hospital for the same purpose including three Nigerians resident abroad. However, only two have had their dreams actualized. Many were unable to continue because of the cost.
Leader of the medical team that performed the process, Professor Osato Giwa-Osagie tells the story:
“We have successfully performed a surrogate pregnancy. We have had two experiences during the last five years. One was through IVF while the other was through artificial insemination. The most recent was through IVF.”
Culled from Sunday Sun, March 5, 2006