A 37-year-old mother in Kabimbiri village, Mukono District in Uganda has given birth to 38 children from the same man. Villagers have given the mother, Mariam Nabatanzi Babirye, the nickname of Nalongo Muzaala Bana, which means “the twin mother who produces quadruplets.”

In what must be some sort of record, Mariam has six sets of twins, four sets of triplets, three sets of quadruplets and two single births.

While having so many children is a surprise for many, it is not so for Mariam, who says there is precedence in her family.

In a recent interview with a Ugandan daily, she said: “My father gave birth to 45 children with different women and [they] 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. Mariam says her father had 45 children, many of whom came in quintuplets, quadruplets and twins.
The doctor 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.

“I am currently staying with 21 children. Some have been adopted by couples who don’t have children while others have been taken by my relatives, well wishers and the church.”, she said happily.

PICTURE: The woman in black is the mother of all 38 children while the man in red in her first born while the rest are her children. She is currently staying with 21 biological children while the other 17 (biological children) are being kept by her relatives, church and well wishers. Surprisingly scientists have said all her 38 children are genius.



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