Remember Mariam Nabantanzi? For those who don’t, she was, and still is touted as the world’s most fertile woman for birthing 44 children by the age of 36.
Good news for her, and us, she’s finally banned from giving anymore births by doctors. Mariam first pregnancy was with a set of twins at the age of just 13. Eventually, her pregnancy snowballed into four set of twins, five sets of triplets and five sets of quadruplets.
If you’re thinking how is that practically possible, here’s an explanation. According to Dr. Charles Kiggundu, a gynecologist at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Mariam has a genetic predisposition to hyper-ovulate.
The condition causes the unusually large ovaries to release multiple eggs in one cycle, significantly increasing the chance of having multiple birth. Her father himself had 45 children!
The now single mother from Uganda was married off to a 40 year-old man as a child bride when she was just 12. <a href=”https://www.elitereaders.com/worlds-most-fertile-woman-banned-from-getting-pregnant-again”>Elite Readers</a> writes that she had asked to be put on birth control after giving birth to her 18th baby.
Tragically, her IUD insertion had put her in a temporary coma. Now at the age of 40, Mariam is survived by 38 children, all of them who live together in four houses.
Mariam has had her ‘uterus cut out from the inside’ to prevent her from getting pregnant again. She is grateful to receive the help she has long sought for as life has been very challenging for her tending that many children on her own.
Her husband had left her and her children four years ago and she has been the sole breadwinner of the house hold since. Mariam does odd jobs that include selling herbal medicines and metal scraps. She even works as a hairdresser and takes up local event decoration gigs.
“My dream is that my children go to school. They can lack anything [else], but they must go to school,” she mentions in All That’s Interesting. The importance of education that Mariam gives can be seen in the graduation photos that decorates the walls of her houses.
Despite her struggles, she is thankful for the blessings that are her children and strives to work hard to provide for them.