By Halimat Isah
The Founder/Executive Director of Tiny Beating Hearts Initiative (TBHI), Mrs. Petra Akinti Onyegbule, has reiterated her organisation’s commitment to supporting preemies in the society.
Mrs. Onyegbule made this known on Tuesday in Lokoja when she led some members of her team on a visit on a mother of a preemie at the Kogi State Specialist Hospital in Lokoja, Mrs. Ayoola Ajawo.
She said the idea behind TBHI was to provide support to premature babies and hope to their parents because of the numerous challenges that accompany their birth.
While noting some of the demands of babies, she called on capable individuals not to withhold support for mothers with preemies.
According to her, because premature children have not had as much time required for maturity in the womb before delivery, they are often subjected to intensive healthcare services that are costly and even not affordable for some parents.
Mrs. Onyegbule said the visit was to rekindle hope in the mother and other parents in her category, by assuring them that they and their babies could make it if given the necessary support.
Mrs Onyegbule who doubles as the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kogi State expressed confidence that Mrs. Ayoola’s premature baby would overcome the challenges confronting her and grow to become beautiful.
She informed the audience that she got a call on the evening of the previous day, Monday 15th May 2018, informing her about a certain woman who had delivered a preemie at 27 weeks, hence she swung into action and mobilized her people because of the love she has for children in that category.
She explained to InsideStory thus; “When we got that call on that day, we knew we had to pay a visit to let the mother know we were with her and would stand by her through the journey.”
The CPS therefore reassured of her organization’s determination to stand by the premature babies, stressing that her experience as a mother who delivered a preemie at 25 weeks has given her the motivation to assist as many such children as possible.
“This isn’t our first visit. When my team and I first visited, mother was yet to recover from surgery and the look on her face was a familiar one and I didn’t have to wonder what was going through her mind because I have been there”, she said.
While commending the father of the preemie for standing by his wife, Mrs. Onyegbule reiterated the resolve of TBHI not to relent in its effort to assist preemies and create awareness as a registered Non Governmental Organisation set up to reduce neonatal mortality from complications of prematurity.
In his response, father of the preemie, Mr. Ayoola Alawo expressed gratitude to TBHI for the visit and the support he and his family has received and prayed for the progress of the organisation.
Mrs. Onyegbule, presented cash, a TBHI gift pack containing diapers, cannulae, olive oil, syringes, cotton wool, hand sanitizers, methylated spirit, and adhesive plaster to the mother of the preemie.