70-year-old Ugandan woman gives birth to twins (and father stayed at home)

A 70-year-old Ugandan woman gave birth to twins in a hospital in the capital Kampala. “It’s an extraordinary feat to give birth to twins” for a 70-year-old mother, Doctor Edward Tamale Sali, who supervised her pregnancy and delivery, told AFP. The mother, Safina Namukwaya, described the birth of the twins, a boy and a girl, as a “miracle” on Wednesday.

The mother and babies are in good health and are still under observation in a facility in the capital Kampala, continued Edward Tamale Sali. Safina Namukwaya usually lives in rural Masaka, about 120 kilometers west of the capital. The septuagenarian only gave birth to a daughter three years ago, after being described as a “cursed woman” for not having previously managed to have children.

With her first husband, who died in 1992, she had no children. Safina Namukwaya’s current partner, whom she met in 1996, however, did not come to attend the birth, much to her dismay. “Maybe he’s not happy that I gave birth to twins […] for fear of the responsibilities that come with it,” she said.

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