Doctors warned a mother who holds the world record for the most children that if she stopped giving birth, she would suffer severe health problems.
Mariem Nabatanzi was 40 years old when she gave birth to 44 children and was told that no family planning methods would work for her.
The Ugandan woman gave birth to four sets of twins, five sets of triplets, and five sets of quadruplets.
She gave birth to a single child only once.
Six of her children died, and her husband abandoned her and stole all of the family’s money, leaving Mariem to raise 38 children – 20 boys and 18 girls – on her own.
Mariem was married off at the age of 12 after her parents sold her, and she soon became pregnant, giving birth to her first child at the age of 13.
According to the World Bank, fertility rates in Uganda are much higher, with an average of 5.6 children per woman.
That is more than twice the global average of 2.4 children.
But Mariem, dubbed ‘Mama Uganda’ in her home country, soon realized she was different from other women.
By age 38, Mariam has welcomed 44 children, which would have been more had she not suffered a miscarriage of her final pregnancy.
She is now a single mother struggling to take care of her descendants as her husband has abandoned them.
Mariam said she has made several efforts to block her tubes or have her womb turned, but all to no avail. No contraceptive method has worked.
Consequently, she believes her destiny is to multiply, and she looks forward to fulfilling it
Unbeknownst to her, she has a rare genetic proclivity to hyper-ovulate, or release multiple eggs in one cycle.
As a result, she gave birth to five sets of quadruplets, five sets of triplets, and five sets of twins, all to the same man.
Mariam had 44 children by the age of 38, and she would have had more if her final pregnancy had not been miscarried.
She is now a single mother struggling to care for her children after her husband abandoned them.
Mariam stated that she has tried several times to block her tubes or have her womb turned, but to no avail. No contraceptive method has proven effective.
As a result, she believes her destiny is to multiply, and she eagerly anticipates fulfilling it.