A mother who has given birth to 44 children has been banned from having any more babies.
The mother of 44 children, Mariam Nabatanzi had her 44th child at the age of 36 but has now been banned from having any more.
Now 40 year old, the Ugandan woman delivered twins a year after she was married off at the age of 12. Five more sets of twins followed, then four sets of triplets and five sets of quadruplets.
She was abandoned by her husband when she was 39, leaving her to support their surviving 38 children alone and this has thrown the family into poverty.
Nabatanz lives with her children in four cramped houses 31 miles north of Kampala.
Doctors have taken action to stop Mariam having more children. She said the doctor told her he had “cut my uterus from inside”.
The doctor had noted that she had unusually large ovaries. He advised her that birth control like pills might cause health problems after she had her first set of twins.
Dr Charles Kiggundu, a gynecologist at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, told the Daily Monitor that the most likely cause of Nabatanzi’s extreme fertility was hereditary.
He said: “Her case is genetic predisposition to hyper-ovulate — releasing multiple eggs in one cycle — which significantly increases the chance of having multiple births.
“It is always genetic”
Nabatanzi refers to her husband who is always absent using an expletive.
“I have grown up in tears, my man has passed me through a lot of suffering,” she said during an interview at her home, hands clasped as her eyes welled up.
“All my time has been spent looking after my children and working to earn some money.”
Desperate for cash, Nabatanzi turns a hand to everything: hairdressing, event decorating, collecting and selling scrap metal, brewing local gin and selling herbal medicine. The money is swallowed up by food, medical care, clothing and school fees.
Six of her children have now died.