Many people are baffled by a news that claims a Ugandan mother who has given birth to 38 children revealed how she did it.
The Ugandan woman is the mother of 38 children.
In what could easily be mistaken for another work of fiction, a 37-year-old Ugandan woman has set a new world record by giving birth to 38 children. She is claimed to have begun giving birth when she was 13 years old.
According to the Ugandian news source Daily Monitor, the whole report is as follows:
Because they know her by her distinctive moniker, a boda boda rider offers to escort me to her home if I get lost along the route.
Mariam Nabatanzi Babirye, who lives in Kabimbiri village, Mukono District, is known as Nalongo Muzaala Bana (the twin mother who bears quadruplets).
When I get at Nabatanzi’s house, I am greeted by an overcrowded neighborhood with children running around.
Nabatanzi, 37, is the mother of 38 children, all of whom she delivered at home, with the exception of the youngest, who is four months old. She was born through a caesarean section. Six sets of twins, four sets of triplets, three sets of quadruples, and single births are among her children. Ten of them are female, while the remainder are male. The oldest is 23 years old, and the youngest is only four months old.
She pauses a minute before starting to relate her narrative, drooping her head lost in meditation. After surviving death at the hands of her stepmother, who supposedly pounded glass and mixed it in the food she gave Nabatanzi and her four siblings, she was married off at the age of twelve. Fortunately, she was not present, as were her siblings, who ate the food and perished instantly.
When Nabatanzi remembers what she went through when she married, she sobs. She was married off to a 40-year-old man in 1993.
“I did not know I was being married off. People came home and brought things for my father. When time came for them to leave, I thought I was escorting my aunt but when I got there, she gave me away to the man.”
Being only a young girl, she found marriage a difficult task in the new family. “My husband was polygamous with many children from his past relationships who I had to take care of because their mothers were scattered all over. He was also violent and would beat me at any opportunity he got even when I suggested an idea that he didn’t like,” she recounts.
Her father-in-law offered them a plot of property on which to start their family, which she intended to have six children.
Nabatanzi gave birth to twins in 1994, when she was 13 years old. She gave birth to triplets two years later, and then quadruplets a year and seven months later. This, she claims, was nothing new to her because it had happened before in her family. “My father had 45 children with various women, all of them were quintuplets, quadruplets, twins, and triplets,” she claims.
Indeed, Dr Charles Kiggundu, a gynecologist at Mulago Hospital and President of gynaecologists and obstetricians, says it is 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 explains.
Nabatanzi had had 18 children by her sixth birth and wanted to stop, so she went to Namaliili Hospital to consult a doctor.
The doctor told Nabatanzi that she couldn’t be stopped since she had a high ovarian count, which would kill her if she didn’t continue.
“Having these unfertilized eggs amass not only poses a threat to the reproductive system, but it can also result in the lady losing her life,” adds Dr. Ahmed Kikomeko of Kawempe General Hospital.
“I was urged to maintain producing since stopping would be fatal.” I tried using an IUD, but I became unwell and vomited a lot, to the point that I was near death. For a month, I was in a coma,” she said.
She went back to the hospital at the age of 23, with 25 children, to try to stop. “I was admitted to Mulago Hospital and told to keep producing because my ovarian count was still high.”
According to Kiggundu, women’s ovaries are sometimes repressed, preventing them from ovulating. “The suppressed eggs pile up and are released all at once, and here, the higher the possibilities of fertilizing numerous eggs, the higher the risks of them all dying, Nabatanzi was lucky,” he explains. “She had to be hyper ovulating, releasing a lot of eggs in a single cycle.” He goes on to say that if Nabatanzi had truly wanted to quit producing, she could have been helped, but some individuals are uninformed.
“I requested the doctor to stop me from having further babies and he stated he had ‘cut my uterus from inside,” she adds of her four-month-old child, who was delivered by C-section in December last year. Because I was still weak from the sickness I got when I tried to use an IUD, this was my only Cesarean delivery.”
This was most certainly tubal ligation, according to Kiggundu. “The tubes are blocked by tubal ligation, which is a permanent method of contraception in women,” adds the physician, “but they would continue to have their menses.”
Nabatanzi’s marriage has been marked by humiliation and suffering for the past 25 years. “My spouse has abused me on numerous occasions; when I try to reason with him, he beats me to a pulp.”
Nabatanzi’s marriage has been marked by humiliation and suffering for the past 25 years. “My husband has tormented me on numerous occasions; he beats me to a pulp if I try to argue with him about any subject, especially when he comes home drunk.” He does not provide for the family’s fundamental requirements and welfare; the children hardly know who he is because he is an absent father who names his children over the phone rather than in person,” she claims.
Her eldest son, Charles Musisi, 23, claims that their father vanished and that they had only known their mother’s affection.
“I can comfortably tell you that our siblings do not know what father looks like. I last saw him when I was 13 years old and only briefly in the night because he rushed off again,” he says, adding that they do not know the happiness of living with a father and they only rely on their mother as their both mother and father.
Nabatanzi claims that her husband goes for nearly a year without returning home, and when he does, he enters the house late at night and leaves extremely early the next morning.
“I carry these humiliations because my aunt advised me to always endure in marriage and have my children as the center of focus. She advised me not to produce children from different men.”
Nabatanzi is hopeful that she will be able to see her children complete their education, something her father was unable to achieve for her. She has managed to educate her children despite being a Primary Two dropout.
One of her firstborn twins has a nursing certificate, while the other has a building certificate, but neither has found work yet.
Her other children are in Senior Six, Senior Five, Primary Seven, and Senior One, with two in Senior Six, three in Senior Five, four in Primary Seven, and four in Senior One. The remainder is divided into two groups: baby class and Primary Six.
“I am hopeful that my children will go to school because they all have big ambitions of being doctors, teachers and lawyers; I want them to realise these dreams, something I was not able to do.”
Because Nabatanzi does not have a garden or land on which to cultivate, she must purchase food to feed her children, which is her most significant expense.
“I buy 10kg of maize flour a day, four kilogrammes of sugar a day, and three bars of soap with my own money.” I require Shs100,000 at this time.
“I buy 10kg of maize flour a day, four kilogrammes of sugar a day, and three bars of soap with my own money.” To feed my family, I require at least Shs100,000 on a daily basis. She says, “God has been nice to me since they have never gone a day without a meal.” Nabatanzi is raising funds to connect piped water that she can sell because water is a major issue in the neighborhood, with a jerry can costing Shs800.
David Kazimba, who brings her water, estimates that he brings her 15 jerry cans per day. “I’ve known her for the past eight years as a social person. She is a dedicated and compassionate individual. People make fun of her because of her large family, but she simply ignores them,” he says.
Nabatanzi makes ends meet by administering local remedies for various illnesses – something she claims she has done since she was a child – and doing odd jobs like plaiting hair, decorating events, and dressing brides.
“I do not despise any job as long as it brings in some money. Feeling sorry for myself is something I dropped because I know these children are a gift from God that I have to treasure, so I try my level best to fend for them.”
Nabatanzi is concerned about her five-year-old son, who was diagnosed with a heart condition earlier this year and requires her to pay Shs120, 000 every week on his medication. “In January, Mulago Hospital physicians told me to raise Shs35 million in nine months to have him flown to India for surgery. “Because I don’t have this money yet,” she explains, “I buy him medicine to help him cope in the meanwhile.”
Nabatanzi sees her children as the family she never had when she was a child. “I wish I could obtain some assistance with my children’s education, which is my main concern.” I stopped looking for answers from my husband. “All I care about is raising my children, which I am determined to do,” she says.
The older children assist their younger siblings as well as the household administration. “However, I enjoy taking care of my own children. My children are my pride and pleasure, and I take great pride in looking after them. I can easily cook, wash, and bathe them. “Children thrive when their mothers love and care for them,” she explains.
Nabatanzi claims that she has always felt good after giving birth to her children organically, up until her last C-section birth, after which she began to experience back pain after doing some household duties.
“During my pregnancy, my daughter, who is a nurse, used to look after me. “Eventually, I learned how to do it, and my pregnancies have never been tough or complicated,” she continues.
Dr. Charles Kiggundu, a gynecologist, describes Nabantanzi’s capacity to conceive multiples as “genetic predisposition to excessively ovulation.”
“It is an enhanced possibility of producing multiple children (twins, triplets, quadruplets…) based on a person’s genetic makeup,” he says. It is caused by unique genetic changes that are often passed down from one parent to the other.
Women ovulate multiple times in a row in certain circumstances, but they also release multiple eggs at the same moment in others, leaving possibility for the fertilisation of released eggs. When that happens, each one develops in its own uterine sac; hyper-ovulation is a natural genetic condition.”
I haven’t seen many of these cases in Uganda; the most I’ve seen are twins and one case of triplets, but this syndrome is real, according to science.
The bigger the number of fertilized eggs, the greater the chance of losing all of the offspring (miscarrying). Anti-natal care throughout pregnancy allows the issue to be closely monitored, and doctors can assist.
Although a person’s genetic composition cannot be modified, lifestyle and environmental changes (such as more frequent illness tests and maintaining a healthy weight) might help prevent opportunistic health problems.
According to Nabatanzi, a woman is valued for how she treats her family and for having to settle in her marriage with all in it because it is her pride.
“Marriages aren’t simple; ladies should be patient because even our great grandmothers didn’t have it easy. They should be patient because there is always a lot to deal with in marriage, and patience is what heals time. “My job is to take care of my children, which I do cheerfully,” she says.
“Do not forget your responsibility because marriage is a joint responsibility to raise these children. “I cry deeply in my heart wondering whether I produced these children on my own.”
She further urges men to stop marrying off their children for quick money and gains as this not only affects them but also their children.