And you think your life is busy…. this Mum has been banned from having more children due to the fact that she birthed 44 children by the age of 36!

At just twelve years old, after being married, Mariam Nabatanzi gave birth to her first set of twins, and since then, she has proceeded to birth 5 more sets of twins, 4 sets of triplets and 5 sets of quadruplets.

The Sun reports that doctors discovered Mariam had an abnormally large set of ovaries and advised her that birth control could cause havoc to her health. At the age of 40 doctors “cut my uterus from inside” to ensure she did not bear more children.

Mariam and her children live in 4 concrete houses in Kampala, Uganda after her husband abandoned her and her 38 surviving children. 6 of her children have passed away and of the remaining 38, 10 are female.

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The now 40 year old’s life has been one of tragedy, speaking to The Sun she told of how her mother left her when she was just a newborn, her father remarried and his wife later laced her brother and sisters meals with crushed glass, they all died though she was saved as she was out visiting a relative.

Families in Uganda are known to be large, though Mariam’s family could be the largest in the country.

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The number of people living in poverty in Uganda is above 27%, though Mariam does her best to bring in income for her family by hairdressing, selling herbal goods and anything else she can turn her hand to.

Mariam suffers from hyper ovulation, which means that she releases several eggs per cycle – most women only release one.


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  • Wow a survivor. A real super mum and super hero. Feeding and providing for 38 kids without any husband or her own family to support her…


  • I love hearing real life stories like Mariam’s. She sounds like an incredible mother


  • Oh man!!! I could not imagine having that many children.


  • She has a lot of mouths to feed!


  • Wow that many children is insane, she’s a real life superhero


  • Wow, she is the definition of GIRL POWER!!!
    Loving how she continues to work hard for her kids and that she didn’t let her husband leaving deter her in any way.
    Definitely applaud her and am in a way I’m jealous because I’d love to have more kids (I’ve got baby fever at the moment) but just don’t think I would be able to cope as I’m getting older, not younger.
    Well done. (:


  • Count our blessings for the lottery of life.


  • I feel really sorry for her. Can’t imagine about her life.


  • This is such a sad story, it really does put things into perspective for us though… :(


  • This poor woman. I can’t even begin to imagine her life. Powerful woman though continuing to look after her children and bring in income.


  • Some days I find looking after 2 children hard. She is doing a wonderful job to look after that many on her own!


  • I have read about this lady ands she is doing as much work as she can so she can educate her children so they can raise themselves out of the poverty of the country. My hat is off to her – she is doing a great job in great adversity.


  • Wow what a tragic life to have had. Imagine if she had decided to be a surrogate. She seems like a pretty amazing woman though, raising all those babies.


  • Trying to work this out as she must have had twins or triplets or more as 44 kids by the time she was 36 with 9 months of pregnancy! wow!


  • I’m sorry for her hard life.


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