Her name is Mariam Nabatanzi and she is a 40-year-old woman who lives in Uganda: she is considered the most fertile woman in the world, having given birth, in the course of her life, to 44 children.
She is known in her village as Nalongo Muzaala Bana, or “the twin mother who produces four twins”. In fact, Mariam gave birth to six pairs of twins: four series of trigemines and three series of quadrigemines.
Of the 44 children who gave birth, 38 are still alive today and most of them live in the family home. To make matters worse Mariam is a single mother who, however, despite all the difficulties, somehow manages to put enough food on the table for everyone every day.
Her life was anything but easy: at the age of 12 she was married to an older 28-year-old man. She even survived a murder attempt by her stepmother. According to dr. Kiggundu, gynecologist of Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, the cause of Mariam’s extreme fertility would be genetic: “It is a genetic predisposition to hyper-ovulation (which releases more eggs in a cycle), which significantly increases the possibility of having twins “.