A choir member in Christ Embassy in Lagos, Vivian Ndukwu has died of childbirth related complications after she was impregnated by a pastor in the church, simply identified as Pastor Hilary.
Vivian, 28 (pictured beside the newborn baby), was pregnant from the affair with Pastor Hilary and the lovers agreed to hide the pregnancy away so that Vivian’s parents would not know.
Punch reports that Vivian lied to her parents that she was going to Abuja but relocated to Agbara in Ogun State where she delivered the baby at an orphanage on May 3, 2014.
According to the paper, the orphanage owner, Mrs. Grace Kato, claimed that Vivian never stayed at her place.
She said, “Vivian called me three days after the birth of her baby. She said she wanted me to help her with the hospital bills, that she was stranded in the hospital. Out of compassion, I went to the hospital to help.”
She claimed she took Vivian home after delivery to rest at her place for 2 days before returning to her parents.
She added that Vivian, however, ended up staying at her place for five days before she died.
In the word of the Madam Grace Kato:
“I brought her to my house to rest for a day or two before taking her to her parents. In the process, I had to travel for my uncle’s burial. That was why she stayed that long because she was waiting for me to return. I came back on Saturday night, May 10, and the next day, she complained of a slight headache and we took her to another hospital nearby. That was where she died.”
But the hospital where Vivian died claimed that she was rushed to the hospital unstable and restless.
A doctor in the hospital said the people on duty stabilised her condition and referred her to a general hospital.
The hospital source, who preferred to remain anonymous, said:
“She was brought in on May 11, at about 1.20pm, unstable and restless. The story was that her complaint started that morning. Her blood pressure was also high. Being that we were not in possession of her past medical records, we acted based on clinical situation and referred her to a general hospital.
“The people that brought her left and so there was no one to take her to where she had been referred to hours after stabilising her condition. Several calls to the number they gave us were replied with one story or the other. At some point, the lady started gasping, and eventually died. It was not until the following day that they came to pick up her remains.”
The father of the deceased, Emmanuel Ndukwu.
He told Punch on the telephone that the orphanage founder had agreed with her late daughter to take custody of the child after delivery without the consent of the family. He said he and his wife knew nothing about the pregnancy, adding that his daughter left his house and told the family that she was going to Abuja.
He said, “After telling us that she was going to Abuja, we did not hear from her until her death. But we later learnt that Grace (orphanage owner) and her husband had organised a naming ceremony for the new baby without informing us.”
Mr Ndukwu said he was not aware of the relationship between his daughter and Pastor Hillary until her death.
He said, “My family and the pastor’s family have met and we agreed that Hillary will perform all the marriage rites for my late daughter according to the tradition of our people. We are doing this because a child is involved. The pastor did not deny his responsibility, so the normal thing must be done.”
The police in Lagos said they are investigating the sad incident and all the parties involved.