In Uganda, a 70-year-old woman gave birth to twins: she became the oldest mother in Africa
A 70-year-old Ugandan woman gave birth to twins. She called it a miracle. The publication told in more detail CBS News.
Safina Namukwaya has spoken of her joy at the arrival of her twins, who were born at a health facility in the capital Kampala where she was undergoing fertility treatment.
Dr Edward Tamale Sali, an infertility specialist at the International Women's Hospital and Fertility Centre, said the mother used a donor egg and her partner's sperm for the in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure.
“It is an extraordinary achievement to have twins born to Africa's oldest mother at the age of 70,” said Sali.
The babies were born premature at 31 weeks and were placed in an incubator.
The medical facility shared this “historic event” on its Facebook page, posting a video interview with the mother and doctor.
According to Sali, the mother and children - a boy and a girl - are still in the care of the International Women's Hospital and Fertility Center, but they are in good health.
“It is impossible to express the joy I feel! – Namukwaya admitted. “At 70 years old, I am considered weak, unable to get pregnant and give birth, or care for a child, but here is such a miracle - twins.”
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Namukwayi said she gave birth to a baby girl in 2020 after she was mocked as a “cursed woman” who could not bear to bear a child. Her first husband died in 1992, leaving her without children, and she met her current partner in 1996.
But Namukwaya expressed displeasure that he had not visited her since she arrived at the hospital to give birth.
“Perhaps he is unhappy that I gave birth to twins, because men do not want to know that you are carrying more than one child in the womb. They are afraid of the responsibility that may arise in connection with this,” the woman in labor suggested.
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