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Uncommon condition has made lady the world’s most productive mother

Mariem Nabatanzi has given birth to 44 children at by the age of 40.

Mariem Nabatanzi has given birth to 44 children at by the age of 40.

A mother who holds the world record for the most kids was cautioned by specialists she could experience extreme medical issues on the off chance that she quit conceiving an offspring.

Mariem Nabatanzi had brought forth 44 children by the age of 40 and was informed that no family arranging strategies would work for her.

The lady from Uganda, East Africa, has brought forth four arrangements of twins, five arrangements of trios, and five arrangements of quadruplets.

Just once did she bring forth a solitary kid.

Six of her kids kicked the bucket, and her better half deserted her and escaped with all the family’s cash, leaving Mariem with 38 youngsters – 20 young men and 18 young ladies – to raise independently.

Mariem was offered when she was just 12 years of age after her folks sold her and not long after she fell pregnant, bringing forth her most memorable kid at the period of only 13.

Richness rates are far higher in Uganda, where the normal is 5.6 kids per lady, as per the World Bank.

That is over two times the world normal of 2.4 kids.

Yet, Mariem – named ‘Mother Uganda’ in her nation of origin – before long understood that she was not normal for different ladies.

Mariem Nabatanzi, children
Mariem Nabatanzi has been diagnosed with hyperovulation.

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 gynecologist at Mulago Hospital in Uganda’s capital Kampala told The Daily Monitor, the most likely cause of Mariem’s extreme fertility was hereditary.

Mariem Nabatanzi
Mariem Nabatanzi’s husband left her and took all the family’s money to care for her dozens of children herself.

“Her case is a genetic predisposition to hyper-ovulate – releasing multiple eggs in one cycle – which significantly increases the chances of having multiple births,”

he said.

Today at 43, she says she was told to stop having children three years ago following her last birth.

She said the doctor told her he had

“cut my uterus from inside”.

Speaking through a translator to filmmaker Joe Hattab, Mariem said:

“It was god’s grace to want to give me [so] many children.”

However, her story is tinged with sadness.

Mariem Nabatanzi
All of Mariem Nabatanzi’s children are from the same father.
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She said she was forced into marriage at age 12 against her will after her parents sold her for the dowry.

Mariem added that doctors told her she was too fertile and that she needed to keep giving birth in order to reduce fertility levels in her ovaries.

She was told that no family planning method would work for her and that giving birth was the only way to “ease” her body.

According to Mayo Clinic, a US private health company with offices around the world:

“Severe ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome is uncommon, but can be life-threatening.”

Other complications can include fluid buildup in the abdomen or chest, blood clots, kidney failure, twisting of the ovary, or breathing problems.

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Mariem Nabatanzi spends all her time caring for her children and trying to earn money to support them.

All of her children are from her often-absent husband who finally left her in 2016, the same year that she gave birth to her youngest child.

Speaking through a translator, one of her sons told Joe Hattab that his mother is his


Today, Mariem and her brood live in four cramped houses made of cement blocks with corrugated iron roofs in a village surrounded by coffee fields 31 miles north of Kampala.

She told Joe Hattab that a “kind woman” had donated some bunk beds for her children after her husband left her, but it can still get pretty cramped, with 12 in one room sleeping two to a mattress.

Talking about her deadbeat ex-husband, Mariem uses an expletive, before welling up as she adds: “I have grown up in tears, my man has passed me through a lot of suffering.

“All my time has been spent looking after my children and working to earn some money.”

Mariam Nabatanzi
Mariam Nabatanzi and her family live in four cramped concrete houses.

Mariem has done everything to provide for her children, turning her hand to hairdressing, scrap metal collecting, brewing homemade gin, and selling herbal medicine.

All the money she makes is immediately swallowed up by food, clothing, medical care, and school fees.

But on a grimy wall in her home in pride of place are hanging portraits of some of her children graduating from school.

Her eldest child Ivan Kibuka, who is in his mid-20s, was forced to drop out of secondary school when his mother could no longer afford it.

“Mum is overwhelmed,”

he said,

“the work is crushing her.

“We help where we can, like in cooking and washing, but she still carries the whole burden for the family. I feel for her.”

The most fertile woman in history is alleged to be an 18th-century Russian peasant called Valentina Vassilyev.

Between 1725 and 1765, she is recorded as giving birth to a total of 69 children – 67 of whom survived infancy.

This included 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets, and four sets of quadruplets.

Her husband, Feodor, is alleged to have had six sets of twins and two sets of triplets with his second wife – a further 18 children.

This would mean he fathered a total of 87 children.

However, unsurprisingly, record-keeping in 18th-century rural Russia was patchy at best, and these figures are disputed by historians.

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