Mariam Nabatanzi was married off at the age of 12 to a 40-year-old man. Due to a rare genetic condition, she went on to birth six sets of twins, four sets of triplets, and five sets of quadruplets.
Mariam Nabatanzi, a 39-year-old woman with a rare genetic condition has given birth to 44 children, including six sets of twins, four sets of triplets, and five sets of quadruplets. In order to ensure that the mother doesn't get pregnant again in the future again, the doctors have performed surgery on her uterus. Mariam, a single mother, is now struggling to raise her family by herself since her husband left her about four years ago. According to a report by Daily Mail, the mother now stays in 4 cramped homes made out of cement bricks with a corrugated iron roof in a small village surrounded by coffee fields in Uganda.
According to reports, Nabatanzi was married off to a 40-year-old man when she was just 12. A year after her marriage, she gave birth to her first set of twins. Doctors had told her that she unusually large ovaries, and cautioned her from taking any birth control measures such as the pill, which would have otherwise harm her health. As a result, she continued to get pregnant as her abusive husband had no intention of using protection, and thus the kids kept coming.
She had birthed 25 children by the time she was just 23. It was her last pregnancy two and a half years ago, that changed everything. She was pregnant with her sixth set of twins when one of them died during birth due to some complications, making it the sixth child to die. That's when the doctor finally removed her uterus "from the inside" to stop her from having any more babies. Currently, Nabatanzi has 38 children according to Reuters. Although Ugandan families have an average of 5.6 children family, hers was an extreme case. Doctors claimed that her hyper-ovulation was the reason behind her having multiple children. Explaining her condition, Dr. Charles Kiggundu, a gynecologist at Mulago Hospital in Kampala said, "Her case is genetic predisposition to hyper-ovulate, which is releasing multiple eggs in one cycle, which significantly increases the chance of having multiples; it is always genetic."
Of course, Nabatanzi's husband too deserves the blame as well for overlooking his wife's health. During an interview, the distressed woman shared how her husband, who was absent for most of their lives, put her through hell. Referring to him as an expletive she said, "I have grown up in tears, my man has passed me through a lot of suffering. All my time has been spent looking after my children and working to earn some money." In addition to having a disturbing marriage, Nabatanz was forced to live through a tougher childhood. Just three days after Mariam was born, her mother left her father abandoning her 5 brothers and sisters. To add to her misery, she was the only one who survived after her stepmother killed all her siblings by mixing glass in their food.
She survived as she was visiting a relative on that fateful day. "I was seven years old then, too young to even understand what death actually meant. I was told by relatives what had happened," she recalled. In order to, provide for her 38 children, the mother now works several jobs such as a tailor, hairdresser and even an event decorator to make ends meet. She also brews her own Gin, prepares herbal medicines, and collects scrap metal to care for her children. Nabatanzi always dreamt of having six children, but even with 38, she is doing her best to support her family.
Although the walls in her home are decorated with pictures of her children's graduation from school, not everyone in her family was lucky to receive an education. Ivan Kibuka, the woman's eldest daughter was forced to quit secondary school when the family first started running out of money. "Mum is overwhelmed, the work is crushing her, we help where we can, like in cooking and washing, but she still carries the whole burden for the family. I feel for her," said the 23-year-old girl. Mariam requires 25kg of maize every day to feed her family, and she occasionally treats them to fish and meat as well. The strong woman has also placed a wooden board at home to list chores for each of her children so that everything runs smoothly.