The story of a 37-year-old woman in Uganda, who gave birth to an astonishing 38 children has emerged online.
At 37, Mariam Nabatanzi Babirye, from Kabimbiri village, Mukono District in Uganda is a mother of 38.
While having so many children is a surprise for many, it is not so for Mariam.
She says there is precedence in her family, revealing that she has six sets of twins, four sets of triplets, three sets of quadruplets and two single births.
In a recent interview with a Ugandan daily, she said:
“My father gave birth to 45 children with different women.
“They all came in quintuplets, quadruplets, twins and triplets.
“I was married off at an early age and gave birth for the first time at the age of 13 to twins.
“So, I sought medical advice several times in a bid to stop having children but doctors advised that since I produce so many eggs, it would be dangerous to my health.
Woman, 37 with 38 children in Uganda
A gynecologist at Mulago Hospital, Dr Charles Kiggundu, confirms that Mariam may have taken after her father.
According to the Doctor, her case may be genetic.
The Doctor said:
“Her case is genetic predisposition to hyper-ovulate (releasing multiple eggs in one cycle), which significantly increases the chance of having multiples.”
However, Dr Kiggundu said Mariam was not well advised.
He said doctors could easily have performed tubal ligation as a permanent method of contraception.
Moreover, Mariam has a non-supportive husband who is rarely there for her and her children.
Speaking with the medium, her eldest son, Charles Musisi, 23, said:
“Our siblings do not know what father looks like.
“I last saw him when I was 13 years old and only briefly at night because he rushed off again.”
As a parting shot, Mariam advised parents to never sell their children off to early marriage.
She also advised men to look after their wives and children.
How touching! I can’t live this this o. The moment I realize this, I go just run. Battalion? Nahhh.