Thought you had seen strange scenarios?
Well, not yet. There is a 37-year-old Ugandan woman who has given birth to 38 children throughout her lifetime. Her name is Mariam Nabatanzi. And to think that people were throwing shade at Akothee for having 5 kids.
Her children include six sets of twins, four sets of triplets, three sets of quadruples and single births. Ten of the children are girls and the rest are boys. The oldest child is aged 23 while the youngest one is four months old.
The woman lives in Kabimbiri village, Mukono District in Uganda.
She narrated her story to Uganda’s Daily Monitor and explained that she was married off to a 40-year-old man at age 12.
“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.”
Mariam’s first children were twins who she gave birth ti in 1994 at age 14. Two years later, she gave birth to triplets and a year and seven months after that added a set of quadruplets. She considered this normal since her father sired 45 children with different women and these all came in quintuplets, quadruplets, twins and triplets.
By her sixth delivery, she had had 18 children.
At that point she wanted to stop so she tried to get contraceptives.
However, doctors said she had a high ovary count which would kill her if she started taking contraceptives. She said:
“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,”
After the birth of her 38th child, she couldn’t take it anymore.
She asked the doctor to give her a way out.
“I asked the doctor to stop me from more births and he said he had ‘cut my uterus from inside’. This was my only Cesarean delivery because I was still weak from the sickness I suffered when I tried to use an IUD.”
She also explained how she feeds her children, stating:
“Everything is solely from my pocket; I buy 10kg of maize flour a day, four kilogrammes of sugar a day and three bars of soap. I need to have Shs100, 000 at the least on a daily basis to have the family catered for. God has been good to me for they have never gone a day without a meal.”
Mariam sells herbal medicines for a living, something she has been doing since she was a young girl. Sometimes she does casual jobs such as hair plaiting and styling brides.