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A new Nigerian mother with quadruplets has been stranded in Dubai following the Coronavirus pandemic.

Tijani Abdulkareem, 32, and his wife Suliyat, 29, had planned to return home to Nigeria in March to start their family. But then came the Coronavirus pandemic, closing borders around the world.

And when Suliyat gave birth to quadruplets a month early on July 1 at the Latifa Women and Children Hospital in Dubai, it meant the babies needed round-the-clock care. So while they have a beautiful new family to raise, they’re also facing a hospital bill that could rise to AED800,000.

The couple’s insurance won’t cover the two newborn boys and girls. And with Suliyat out of work and her chef husband working reduced hours in Al Quoz, the couple are not only stuck in the UAE but have a huge hospital bill to pay.

The power of community

Thankfully, there is some good news – besides the four beautiful babies. The Nigerian community have come to the family’s help.

To date, nearly AED50,000 has been raised and the hospital is doing all they can to help the couple. That includes renting an apartment for the family in Sports City for the next few months. And you can get in touch with the hospital directly if you’d like to help the family out.

“My wife is fine but the babies are still in hospital,” said Mr Abdulkareem.

“It was a big surprise to find out we were to have four babies, but a good one.

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