Mariem Nabatanzi had given birth to 44 kids by the age of 40 and was told that no family planning methods would work for her.
A mum who holds the world record for having the most children was warned by doctors she could suffer severe health problems if she stopped giving birth.
Mariem Nabatanzi had given birth to 44 kids by the age of 40 and was told that no family planning methods would work for her, The Sun reported.
The woman from Uganda, East Africa, has given birth to four sets of twins, five sets of triplets, and five sets of quadruplets.
Only once did she give birth to a single child.
Six of her children died, and her husband abandoned her and ran off with all the family’s money, leaving Mariem with 38 children – 20 boys and 18 girls – to raise single-handedly.
Mariem was married off when she was only 12 years old after her parents sold her and soon after she fell pregnant, giving birth to her first child at the age of just 13.
Fertility rates are far higher in Uganda, where the average is 5.6 children per woman, according to the World Bank.
That’s more than double the world average of 2.4 children.
But Mariem – dubbed ‘Mama Uganda’ in her home country – soon realised that she was unlike other women.
When she kept having twins, triplets, and quadruplets, she went to a health clinic.
Doctors told her that she had abnormally large ovaries which led to a condition called hyperovulation.
She was told that birth control wouldn’t work, and would likely cause severe health problems.
Treatments do exist for hyperovulation, but they are hard to come by in rural Uganda.
As Dr Charles Kiggundu, a gynaecologist at Mulago Hospital in Uganda’s capital Kampala told The Daily Monitor, the most likely cause of Mariem’s extreme fertility was hereditary.
“Her case is a genetic…