A 70-year-old Ugandan woman, Safina Namukwaya, has delivered a set of twins following IVF treatment at a hospital in Uganda.
Namukwaya welcomed a boy and a girl via caesarean on Wednesday, November 29, at the Women’s Hospital International and Fertility Centre in Kampala, the nation’s capital.
She’s the oldest woman to become a mother in Africa, the hospital said in a statement posted on Facebook.
The hospital said she had delivered the babies on Wednesday just after midday, adding: “Mother and babies are all well.”
“We’ve achieved the extraordinary – delivering twins to Africa’s oldest mother aged 70,” the statement reads.
Speaking with Uganda’s Daily Monitor newspaper, the new mom said that her pregnancy had been difficult as her partner abandoned her when he realised she was going to have twins.
“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 showed up,” she said.
This is Ms Namukwaya’s second delivery in three years. She gave birth to a baby girl in 2020.
She said she had wanted to have children after she was mocked for being childless.
“I looked after 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 is quoted as saying.