A 49-year-old woman identified as Cecelia Dapaah Gyamfuah has recounted her bitter struggles in life on how she lost eight children.
The single mother, who lives in Lamashegu, a suburb of Tamale in the Northern Region, currently has two children, Francis Addae [a 5-year-son] and Tiwaa Larbi [a 3-year-old daughter].
According to her, she carried 10 pregnancies but unfortunately lost eight children.
Recounting the incident, she said that of the eight, four died in her womb as stillbirths while four also died from complications after giving birth.
She noted that doctors had only discovered that the injections given to her were the cause of the lost children when she visited the maternity ward for her eighth child.
Recounting her ordeal in an interview with Kofi Adoma Nwanwani on Angel FM’s Anopa Bofo Morning Show, she said, “I gave birth to six [separately], four died in my stomach but two survived. When I have to give birth, they inform me that the unborn babies have died in my stomach due to complications. So it came to a point where the medications that were meant for me during the prenatal period were no longer given to me”
“Secondly, not knowing that the injection I was taking during the maternity ward during my periods of pregnancy was not effective but the doctors did not know that. So this was the sixth pregnancy I had before a doctor finds out that the injection was not doing me any good so I have to stop taking it because that was the root cause,” she explained in Twi.
The mother-of-two recalled she gave birth to her firstborn in 2000 but the child died after a year and three months.
Afia further shared that two years after a Cesarean Section (CS) for her last born, she started suffering from infections which she treated countless times to no avail.
She went for a CT scan and later discovered that a piece of cotton and other material had remained in her stomach due to doctors’ negligence during the C-section.
Her childbearing issues led to rumors that she sacrificed her children for money, which she says forced her to shut down a lucrative hairdressing business.
When asked if she felt shy about her situation, Afia replied that “Kofi, I don’t feel shy anymore, I would have been shy if I was an armed robber or accused of having snatched people’s husbands.”
Currently engaged in a local tilapia and herbal medicine business to support herself and her two children, she admitted that despite her past struggles, she feels “happy” in life because her story would be an inspiration to others.
The emotional Afia revealed that the situation forced her to abuse alcohol at times in an attempt to ease her pains.