DUBAI CROWN PRINCE PAYS HOSPITAL BILLS OF STRANDED NIGERIAN MOTHER OF QUADRUPLETS
Dubai's Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has paid the hospital expenses of a Nigerian mother and her quadruplets who were stranded in the city due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The family's plan to deliver their babies in Nigeria was tharwted when flight operations were grounded due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The 29-year-old Nigerian mother identified as Suliyat Adulkareem gave birth to the quadruplets, two boys, and two girls prematurely in Dubai at the Latifa Hospital for Women and Children on July 1, according to the statement from the hospital.
The babies were put on ventilators and the family, who had no insurance, were faced with more than AED 400,000 (about $108,000) hospital bill, their father Tijani Abdulkareem who works as a chef in Dubai told CNN.
When the Crown Prince heard of the predicament of the Nigerian family, he informed his office to assist the family and offset the bill.
The father of the babies, Abdulkareem told CNN that he is still in shock because he had been having sleepless nights wondering how he would ever be able to offset the bill.
He said he had been able to raise about AED 42,000 (around $11,500) through the help from the NIgerian community in Dubai and other nationalities who rallied round to assist him.