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World - Africa Updated: November 30, 2023

70-year-old woman gives birth to twins

By TIMOTHY TIMILEHIN ENIETAN-MATTHEWS
November 30, 2023
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​​​​​​A 70-year-old Ugandan woman, Safina Namukwaya  has become the oldest woman in Africa to give birth, as she has been delivered of a set of twins – a boy and a girl.

She became pregnant through an In vitro fertilisation treatment, BBC reports Thursday.

According to the report, Namukwaya went through a successful caesarean delivery on Wednesday at the Women’s Hospital International and Fertility Centre in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

The hospital, which shared the news of the delivery via its Facebook page on Wednesday, said: “70-year-old, Safina Namukwaya, speaking just before the delivery of her beautiful babies. Yes, she delivered twins, a boy and a girl. A historic achievement indeed.


“As we honour this courageous mother and anticipate the healthy growth of her twins, we invite you to celebrate with us. This story isn’t just about medical success; it’s about the strength and resilience of the human spirit.”

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Namukwaya also told a privately owned NTV channel that it was her second delivery in three years after she gave birth to a girl in 2020.

Sharing her experience, she said she had experienced multiple difficulties during the pregnancy, including desertion by the children’s father.

“Men don’t like to be told that you are carrying more than one child. Ever since I was admitted here, my man has never shown up" Namukwaya said.

She further stated that she did not know how she would manage to raise the children, but was happy to have them after years of enduring stigma and ridicule for being childless.

“One time, a very young boy heckled me saying I had been cursed by my mother to die without a child,” she recalled.

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