Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdam bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has paid the hospital bills of the Nigerian mother and her quadruplets, who were stranded in Dubai and could not get back to Nigeria.
The mother, whose name is Suliyat Adulkareem and is 29-years-old, gave birth to the babies, two boys and two girls, at the Latifa Hospital for Women and Children on the 1st of July 2020.
The quadruplets were born prematurely at almost 31 weeks through a C-section, and they were put on ventilators at the neonatal intensive care unit of the hospital, this was stated by the hospital.
The father of the quadruplets, Tijani Abdulkareem, stated that the family had no medical insurance and they had to pay more than AED 400 000 ($108 000) in medical expenses since the quadruplets were born.
The Nigerian community that is based in Dubai contributed AED 42 000 (about $11 500) to help pay part of the bill.
The Crown Prince decided to pay the bills when he came across an article about the couple and their children not being able to afford it.
The couple stated that they were shocked by the Crown Prince’s generosity and they have decided to name two of their babies after him.
He also added that one of the girls will be named Latifa, after the hospital.
Tijani Abdulkareem, who is a chef in Dubai, stated that he was distressed when he found out that his wife was to have quadruplets.
The quadruplets are still at the hospital and the staff has stated that they are also shocked at the generosity of the ruler.
The couple had initially wanted to have the babies in Nigeria because they did not have enough funds to have the babies in Dubai but because of the Coronavirus traveling restrictions and the babies coming two months before they were due they were unable to do so.