In Summary
  • Dr Sali said that biologically women go through menopause between the ages of 45 and 55 but with technology it has opened new possibilities
  • Namukwaya was hopeful that a miracle was going to happen.

Safina Namukwaya, a 70 year old resident of Masaka district in Uganda has given birth to twins through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).

The procedure was done By Dr Edward Sali at the Women’s Hospital International Fertility center.

“I looked after other people’s children, and saw them grow up and leave me alone. I wondered who would take care of me when I grow old,” she said.

“Once a very young boy mocked me saying my mother had cursed me to die without a child,”

In an interview with the Monitor just before heading into the labour ward on Wednesday, Namukwaya was optimistic that a miracle would happen.

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Carrying twins, a boy and a girl is not something she expected especially at her age.

“You see you can have one child and feel overwhelmed but here I am with twins at a time when I am weak, a time when I  can’t go to my garden to grow food to sell, but they say every child comes with its blessings,”

Namukwaya shared that the decision to pursue pregnancy came after facing insults and criticism for being childless.

Miscarriage

Her journey to motherhood was marked by challenges, including the loss of her husband in 1992 and a miscarriage during their marriage.

Even after entering into a new relationship four years later, she remained unable to conceive.

Dr Sali, who conducted the IVF procedure emphasized that age should not be a limiting factor especially with the advanced technology in the world.

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“She is not the first, in the last 15 years we have delivered more than 60 patients over the age of 50.Safina came here three years ago at the age of 67 and told me she has been married for 40 years and wanted a baby, so I said look, you are younger than Sarah in the bible who gave birth at 90, so it’s possible,” he said.

He pointed out that biologically, women typically go through menopause between the ages of 45 and 55, but advancements in medical science have opened new possibilities.

“We usually check blood pressure, diabetes and infections to reduce any complications that may arise,”

 

 

November 30, 2023

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