The 43-year-old, Priscilla, and her four babies were in intensive care for weeks at a huge NHS cost of £2,000 per day.
She was taken to the Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital in west London, part of Imperial College Hospital, where she gave birth to the four babies.
Two of her babies, who were all born at 24 weeks, died at London St Mary’s Hospital.
The Nigerian mother has racked up a huge NHS bill
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The last bill I got was £331,000. If I have to offer my life, there is no way I can work for such money
She had the quadruplets after having IVF treatment, which has a higher chance of multiple births.
One of the babies died instantly and the other three were treated for more than ten weeks in a neonatal intensive care unit, which costs £2,000 a day.
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She wanted to give birth to her babies in Chicago, but she did not have the required documents so was turned away by US border officials upon arrival.
Her doctor had warned her against having the four babies in Nigeria.
The programme reveals the issue of health tourism in the UK
Priscilla’s case is featured tonight on BBC2’s Hospital, which reveals the pressures of health tourism on one London trust.
She said: “It’s only money. Money can’t buy life. The last bill I got was £331,000. If I have to offer my life, there is no way I can work for such money.”
When she was asked if her husband could foot the bill, she replied: “Will you give him a visa and money to come?”
Priscilla is currently staying at a hostel run by a charity.
Terry Facey's job is to ensure patients pay the NHS
Staff believe that the total bill for the complex births and the care of the babies has already reached more than £500,000.
The case shows an example of ‘health tourism’, when people from outside the UK are treated by the NHS.
The Public Accounts Committee has blasted NHS Trusts for not cracking down on health tourism, which can leave less cash to treat British people.
The programme shows a very strained NHS
In the same programme, overseas visitor manager Terry Facey said that patients frequently disappear into the community before he has a chance to invoice them.
Mr Facey said: “There’s this assumption that its free of charge, but that isn’t the case.
“Some people might say I’m hard hearted but I wouldn’t accept that at all.”
Mr Facey is also chasing money from Sonia, a woman from the Philippines who suffered heart problems when she was visiting her sister in the country.