On Monday, October 19, 2020, popular gospel singer Ruth Matete welcomed her adorable little girl, baby Toluwa Apewajoye but according to the former Tusker Project star, the baby came earlier than expected. Sharing her experience with her fans on Facebook, the mother of one revealed that she developed a complication known as Preeclampsia, “a condition in pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure” that put both her life and the baby’s life in danger.
“I had really been believing God to have my child like the Hebrew women. I did my evening walks round the estate, and did some exercises. Then on one of my antenatal visits to the hospital, the doctor said my pressure wasn't good. My face and legs had swollen but I thought to myself it is normal with pregnancy. (Had just come back from coast). So the doctor suggested we do some tests to rule out some things.
“On doing the tests, we found out I had preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a potentially dangerous pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure. Preeclampsia usually begins after 20 weeks of pregnancy in a woman whose blood pressure had been normal. It can lead to serious, even fatal, complications for both mother and baby,” she wrote.
After being admitted and her condition stabilized, Ruth was allowed to go home but unfortunately her condition reoccurred, this time worse. The doctors were forced to wheel her into theatre for an emergency Caesarian section to save both her life and her the child’s life.
“I had to be admitted that day for my pressure to be monitored. I went home after a day because it had stabilised. Stayed home one day and the next day, it went up again. This time it was so painful, I actually thought I was going into labor. My tummy was hard all round. I couldn't feel my baby moving and I panicked the more. My friend rushed me to the hospital and on reaching there, the doctor said that we had to go in for an emergency CS otherwise I risked losing my child and my life. I have heard of hospitals where they lie to you about your condition so that you end up having a caesarian section just to make money. But the pain I was having that day was really bad. Don't even talk about the swelling.
”Anyway, I went in for the emergency CS and on 19th October 1.20pm, my child was here. Oh Lord!! The feeling is indescribable. My baby came at 35 weeks. Amazingly, she didn't go to NICU or even the incubator. I just heard the doctors saying, "She’s good. Scored 10/10". I didn't understand what it meant but in short my baby was perfectly ok. Glory to God. Thanks to the doctors and nurses at RFH specialist hospital. You guys were more than kind to us. God bless you. I am telling you this, because to be honest, you guys have really walked this journey with me and am grateful,” she wrote.
Ruth and baby Toluwa Apewajoye are now in perfect health.