A 37-year-old mother in Kabimbiri village, Mukono District in Uganda has given birth to 38 children. Villagers have given the mother, Mariam Nabatanzi Babirye, the nickname of Nalongo Muzaala Bana, which means “the twin mother who produces quadruplets.” Among her children are six sets of twins, four sets of triplets, three sets of quadruplets, and single babies. Ten of these children are girls and the rest are boys.
Mariam is not as surprised as other because her father had 45 children from different women, according to her.
She told Ugandan Daily in an interview that her father’s 45 children all came in quintuplets, quadruplets, twins and triplets. Dr Charles Kiggundu, a gynecologist at Mulago Hospital confirms that Mariam may have taken after her father, as her case may be genetic.
He said: “Her case is genetic predisposition to hyper-ovulate (releasing multiple eggs in one cycle), which significantly increases the chance of having multiples.” Mariam said she was married off at an early age and she gave birth for the first time at the age of 13 to twins. She said she sought medical advice several times in a bid to stop having children but doctors advised her that since she produces so many eggs, it would be dangerous to her health.
Mariam warned parents never to sell their children off to early marriage, further advising men to look after their wives and children. She said she barely knew her father whom she last saw briefly when she was 13.
We really do not know what may have encouraged Mariam Nabatanzi Babirye to engage in baby-making adventure but whatever it is, we plead with girls to consider the future of the kids before angrily behaving like Mariam due to lack of jobs. This story may not be very fresh but it needs to be mentioned just for the records. Do you think it is poverty or lack of education that leads to this kind of situation? Please do you know anyone in school who would want to break this record?