World's most fertile woman who had 44 children by 36 stopped from having more babies

By Mirror | Wednesday, Oct 16th 2019 at 15:11
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Mariam Nabatanzi suffers from a rare genetic condition and had given birth to 44 children by the age of 36.

Tragically, Mariam has been left to raise her massive family alone after her husband walked out on her almost four years ago.

Now 40, doctors have taken action to stop Mariam having more children after it emerged her father had 45 children with several different women.

Mariam has three sets of quadruplets, four sets of triplets and six sets of twins and incredibly manages to care for and feed them all on her own.

The fertile mum was just 12 when she was married to her husband, who at 40 was 28 years her senior.

Just a year later she gave birth to her first set of twins.

Now, she and all of her kids have no choice to live in appallingly cramped conditions in just four tiny homes made from cement bricks and a corrugated iron roof.

Mariam, from Uganda, and her brood live surrounded by coffee fields.

A doctor warned the mother that birth control, like the Pill, could cause her problems because she had unusually large ovaries.

So after her first set of twins, the babies just kept coming.

Ugandan families are often large with women having 5.6 children on average.

This is one of the highest birth rates in Africa but even by these standards, Mariam's family is enormous.

At just 23, Mariam had 25 children and desperately begged her doctor for help to stop her having any more.

But once again the medical advice was that she should keep getting pregnant because her ovary count was so high.

Mariam's final pregnancy three years ago ended in tragedy when she gave birth to her sixth set of twins.

One of the babies died while she was in labour and then her husband, who would often leave for weeks on end, left her for good.

His name is now cursed in her family.

Mariam 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."

But it was also after this birth that the mum finally got the medical help she needed to stop her having more babies.

Dr Charles Kiggundu, a gynecologist at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, 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."

Mariam confirmed that doctors had taken action to remove the risk of her becoming pregnant again.

She said the doctor told her he had "cut my uterus from inside".

Nothing will come in the way of the dedicated mother doing all she can to provide for her children.

She works as a hairdresser, an event decorator and collects and sells scrap metal.

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