Mother of quadruplets in debt of £500000 medical bill
By Patricia Uyeh
A 43-year-old Nigerian woman identified as Priscillia, has been unable to pay over £500,000 NHS bill after giving birth to quadruplets in a west London hospital.
The new mother told staff she was unable to pay her bill after having the babies at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital in White City. She claimed she planned to give birth in Chicago after being warned that Nigerian hospitals did not have the basic infrastructure to cater for her delivery needs and the care of the babies.
However, the heavily pregnant woman was turned away by US border officials and went into labour three months early during her return to Nigeria in November, during a stopover in London. One child died shortly after birth and another died on Saturday, January 28th.
Priscilla had to undergo IVF treatment to help her conceive. She is now living in a London hostel run by a charity while her two surviving babies, Elijah and Esther, remain in hospital.
Her husband is unable to travel to the UK due to a further lack of funds. The family’s shocking story will feature on BBC 2 documentary Hospitals.
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