37-Year Old Woman Smashes World Record With 38 Kids
This Ugandan woman has not only set a record but smashed all existing world records of multiple births.
She is 37 years old but already has 38 children.
According to the Daily Monitor of Uganda, the woman identified as Mariam Nabatanzi Babirye had her last baby via Caesarian section in December 2016, after which doctors cut her womb from inside.
How did she accomplish this? According to the reports, Mariam got married in 1993 at the age of 12 and continued to have multiple births.
She first gave birth to twins six times, gave birth to triplets four times, and then gave birth to other three sets of quadruplets. These were then followed by two other single births.
Ten of these children are girls and the rest are boys. The oldest is 23 years old while the youngest is four months.
“My father gave birth to 45 children with different women and these all came in quintuplets, quadruples, twins and triplets,” said the woman, who is called by fellow villagers as Nalongo Muzaala Bana, which means “the twin mother that produces quadruplets”.
A gynaecologist at Mulago Hospital and President of gynaecologists and obstetricians in Uganda,
Dr Charles Kiggundu, said it was very possible for Nabatanzi to have taken after her father.
“Her case is genetic predisposition to hyper-ovulate (releasing multiple eggs in one cycle), which significantly increases the chance of having multiples; it is always genetic,” he explained.
The doctor told Mariam that she could not be stopped then because she had a high ovary count which would eventually kill her if she stopped.
“Having these unfertilised eggs accumulate pose not only a threat to destroy the reproductive system but can also make the woman lose her life,” another doctor, Ahmed Kikomeko from Kawempe General Hospital explained.
“I was advised to keep producing since putting this on hold would mean death. I tried using the Inter Uterine Device (IUD) but I got sick and vomited a lot, to the point of near death. I went into a coma for a month,” Mariam said.
At the age of 23 with 25 children, she went back to hospital to try to stop producing more babies. “I was checked in at Mulago Hospital and advised to continue producing since the ovary count was still high.”
A Uganda County Councillor Samari Musenero confirmed that Mariam had all the children with the same man.
“The woman is struggling to support her offsprings because she receives no financial assistance from the father of the children,” the politician said.
He explained that politicians from the district had mobilised government funds to provide Nabatanzi with maize seeds to plant.