Nigeria’s first test tube baby, Miss Hannatu Kupchi, who was born 17 years ago through ‘In Vitro Fertilisation’ (IVF), has secured admission to study medicine in a Hungarian University.
During a send forth party organised for Hannatu, Dr. Ibrahim Wada, the medical director of Nisa Premier Hospital, who supervised the first IVF experiment in Nigeria noted that Hannatu’s birth on February 11, 1998 signalled a revolution in Nigeria’s medical practice.
According to Wada, “It is very difficult to make a statement on a day like this. When I was out of this country, I knew there were people who wanted babies. I made the decision to come back to Nigeria to help people. It happened on the 11th of February 1998 when this historic event occurred.”
In her response, Miss Kupchi promised to break barriers in her quest to become a medical doctor and help parents who are unable to give birth through the traditional means.
“I barely made it beyond the cut off mark. God helped me. I am going to try my best and make everyone proud. I am studying medicine because I want to be a doctor. I want to study it because I want God to use me to help families who suffered what my parents went through,” she said.
Hannatu’s father, Mr. Hosea Kupchi, said: “We had 13 years of marriage without a child and we went through the orthodox method without any success. But along the line, my sister in-law told me that there is one Dr. Wada that has been helping couples. That is how we came.