As surprising as it may seem, at only 37, a Ugandan lady gave birth to 38 children.
The mother, Mariam Nabatanzi, delivered all her children at home, except her latest addition that is now four months old, reports the Nairobi news. Her newborn was to be delivered by Caesarean section in a local hospital.
The mother would have given birth to an astonishing six sets of twins, four sets of triplets and three sets of quadruples. Ten children are girls and the remaining 28 are boys. The eldest of the nest is 23-year old and the youngest only four months.
The mother of 38 children claims to have been married at the age of 12 in 1993 to a 40-year-old man. “I did not know I was married,” she said.
“People came to us and brought things for my father. When the moment of their departure arrived, I thought that I was accompanying my aunt, but when I arrived, she left me to a man“.
In 1994, only one year in her marriage and aged 13, she gave birth to twins.
Two years later, she gave birth to triplets and, a year and seven months later, she added a set of quadruplets.
After her sixth birth, the mother had 18 children and really wanted to stop.
Nabatanzi was informed by a doctor that she had a generally high ovarian count.
Dr. Charles Kiggundu, a gynecologist from the Mulago hospital and the president of gynecologists and obstetricians, said: “Her case is a genetic predisposition to hyper-ovulation (multiple egg release in one cycle), Which greatly increases the chances of having multiples; It’s always genetic. “
After the most recent confinement four months ago, she says so; “I asked the doctor to stop me from having other births and he said he had cut my uterus from inside. It was my only caesarean delivery because I was still weak from the illness I suffered when I tried to use an IUD (intrauterine device). “
Despite all the challenges she faces in her life, Mariam remains optimistic. She hopes to see her children succeed in school, and also promises to ensure that they are well educated.
“I am optimistic that my children will go to school because they all have great ambitions to be doctors, teachers and lawyers; I want them to realize these dreams, something I could not do. “