Thursday, February 5, 2009
'RABBIT-MOMS', THE NIGERIAN TRAIL-BLAZER WITH A LITTER?
Now meet the world's first known "rabbit-mom" of our time! She was the first woman to ever give litter to a set of octoplets - eight (8) children from one pregnancy! Her name, Nkem Chukwu and she is just 28years old? Really? And her husband or babies-daddy (they share different last names) is equally 41 years young? Anyway, that is just an aside, as we now delve into the meat of this oped - a little excursion into the mindset of these numero-uno mothers! Before the current California eight-kid wonder-mom, Nadya Suleman, the Nigerian, possibly from the Igbo area of Imo State, holds the world record of the most human-litter from one pregnancy! This makes her singularly and eminently qualified to be a consulting octoplet-mother to mentor the latest California "child-factory" mother? From available pictures, Nkem Chukwu and her paramour, Iyke Udobi seem to have been doing a terrific job raising these their gifts of fertility-treatment? At ten, they look very well maintained; although the state of their mental development is not thus discernible from the pictures. Icheoku is aware that such multiple births always come with some mental "retardation" developmental issues; but we are not in a position to either confirm or deny such development with these Nigerian-Americans octoplets. One would expect such "rabbit-moms" to sterilize immediately after such breeding; but no, as they always hunger for more. May be, because people came to their aid and they did not suffer the hardships associated with raising such a "multitude" of kids in America? Icheoku was surprised to learn that the Nigerian octoplets-parents, who were expected to have ceased and desisted from further procreation, produced yet another child, Favor, in 2002? In Nkem Chukwu's case, could it be that she wanted a replacement for one of the octoplets who passed-away one week after delivery? This is against the backdrop of currently available information that the California "rabbit-mom" had six (6) other children prior to her present eight litters? This two cases are such that calls for the immediate intervention of Family Planning Services and/or Child Welfare Services.
Pictured left here are, right rear Nkem Chukwu, her man Iyke Louis Udobi, center and Nkem's mother Janet Chukwu left. The seven surviving children of the octoplets are (middle row) Eche, far left, Ikem, second from left, Gorom, second from right, Chidi, far right, (front row) Chima, far left, Jioke, second from left, and Ebuka, far right. Their little sister Favor, 6, second from right front, joined the family in 2002!
Icheoku says, while the California birth occupies the front-page, peradventure this other family can still use some assistance, taking care of their multiple litter. Their father's two jobs and their mother's technician's job incomes will be but a drop in the ocean of their family's needs. So if you are touched by their story, please contact their fund: -
Chukwu Family Fund
St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
6900 Fannin, #440
Houston, TX 77030