Tears Of A Father: Couple lose twins 5 months after waiting for 17 years

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The late twins, Joseph and Philomena (Shedrack and Mercy inset)

A couple who had waited on the Lord for babies for 17 years are now in tears as their newly born twin babies died in an accident five months later.

A Nasarawa State-based couple, Shedrack and Mercy Audu, have been in tears after they lost their twin babies in a fatal car accident five months after they were born.

And the most painful part for the Audus is that they had been waiting on the Lord for 17 years for a fruit of the womb.

Sun Newspaper reports that the couple welcomed the set of twins, a boy, and girl, on November 7, 2016, but on Monday, April 17, 2017, the babies who were christened Joseph and Philomena, were killed in the accident when the parents were taking them to visit a family friend in Makurdi, Benue State.

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Speaking of the pains of losing their babies after waiting for so long to have them, Shedrack, a lecturer at the Nasarawa State Polytechnic, said they were on their way to Makurdi on the invitation of his bosom friend, Fidelis Mbaka, to show him their new babies, when the accident occurred.

He said that on the Black Monday, he and his wife had boarded a commercial bus for the journey to Makurdi from the Lafia motor park but along the way, a lorry filled with yams coming from the opposite direction lost control and rammed into their vehicle killing seven people including his babies.

The couple who were the only survivors of the fatal crash were rescued and rushed to the General Hospital, Daudu, where they were revived and placed in intensive care for one week before being transferred to the Dalhatu Specialist Hospital, Lafia, where they were later recently certified fit and discharged.

“Life is worthless and meaningless to me now; I have surrendered my life to God. I am 50-years-old while my wife is 42. We have allowed God to do His wish,” the bitter Shedrack began, as he told the story of his battle with childlessness.

“My twins were born on November 7, 2016, and they died on April 17, 2017. I met my wife who is of Eggon extraction from Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, in 1998 at the University of Jos where I was studying for my Master’s degree in Business Management.

She was a student in the Theatre Arts department. We dated for a year and got married. Three years after our marriage, there was no pregnancy and we became worried.

We visited the Dalhatu Specialist Hospital for a medical checkup and after a detailed examination, it was discovered that she did an abortion in 1997 through a quack doctor, which affected her womb.

From that time till 2016, we were in and out of the hospital trying to see how she could conceive to no avail. We were initially afraid that once she reached menopause, it would be a big problem.

She suggested we go for in-vitro fertilization (IVF-test tube) where the eggs and sperm could be fertilized outside the womb into a test tube, but I disagreed. We remained faithful to God until February 2016, when she conceived naturally and delivered through a caesarian operation. We were extremely happy, but God has taken them away.

On the day of the fatal crash that took away our only source of joy, we were approaching Daudu in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State, when a fully loaded 911 truck was dodging a pothole at the time our car was also negotiating to dodge it.

The truck rammed into our car. My wife was carrying our female baby, Philomena, while I lapped the male, Joseph. They died instantly as they were badly hit by fragments of the crushed car.

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The driver and four other passengers also died on the spot, while my wife and I sustained injuries. We were taken to the Daudu General Hospital unconscious, but my twin babies who died instantly were taken to Lafia and buried by my younger brother who was contacted through my telephone," Shedrack, who hails from Lafia Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, explained amidst tears.

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