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After years of childlessness, 70-year-old woman gives birth to twins

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After years of childlessness, 70-year-old woman gives birth to twins

A 70-year-old Ugandan woman, Safina Namukwaya, has welcomed a boy and a girl through In vitro fertilisation treatment, as reported by the BBC on Thursday.

Namukwaya underwent a successful caesarean delivery at the Women’s Hospital International and Fertility Centre in Kampala, Uganda, on Wednesday.

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The hospital shared the news on its Facebook page, stating, “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.”

In an interview with a privately owned NTV channel, Namukwaya, who previously gave birth to a girl in 2020, revealed her challenges during the pregnancy, including being deserted 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,” she lamented.

Despite uncertainties about raising the children, Namukwaya expressed happiness after enduring years of 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.

The hospital where Namukwaya gave birth confirmed her as the oldest woman in Africa to achieve this milestone.

Neptune Prime gathered that the IVF technique is a type of fertility treatment where eggs are combined with sperm outside of a human body in a lab. It’s a method used by people who need help achieving pregnancy.

IVF involves many complex steps and is an effective form of assisted reproductive technology (ART).

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