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Sheikh Hamdan has stepped in to help a Nigerian family with four quadruplets after they were stranded in Dubai and unable to pay their hospital bill.

Tijani Adigun Shakiru, 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 were also facing a hospital bill that could rise to AED800,000.

So we’re delighted to say that after news reports around the world, Sheikh Hamdan has stepped in to cover the hospital bills.

“I am still in shock. I would not have even dared dream about it. This is better than a dream coming true,” Shakiru told Khaleej Times when he was given the news.

Babies named after Royal family

And as a mark of respect and thanks, three of the babies will be named after Dubai royal family members: Hamdan, Mohammed and Latifa.

“I will always be indebted to this country and its leaders. May God continue to bless this country. That is my only prayer.”

“We are extremely grateful to Sheikh Hamdan for his generosity. He has covered all medical expenses for the mother and her quadruplets. The family and hospital staff are overwhelmed and such a gesture further motivates us to carry on our duties to the best of our abilities. We are blessed to always have the support of our leaders in our efforts to provide the highest quality of internationally recognized medical care to our patients,” said Dr Muna Tahlak, CEO of Latifa Hospital for Women and Children.

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