Five sets of twins for Jamaican woman

Kerry-Ann Anderson with five of her children, Mario Cameron (left), Angel Cameron, Kylie Amelia Pusey, Kamal Cameron, and twins Calesha and Alesha Figarow. (Photo: Norman Thomas

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) — Amid the recent baby-snatching incidents and debate on abortion comes the curious case of Kerry-Ann Anderson — a woman who has given birth to five sets of fraternal twins, four of which she had consecutively.

The odds of this happening to one woman are very slim, experts say one billion to one… so slim in fact, that doctors at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital, where Anderson delivered her third set of twin girls last year, rejoiced, saying that her name should be added to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Anderson, 36, lives in the inner-city community of Denham Town, West Kingston, with 10 of her children, her mother, Patricia Bryan, her brother and father of her last twins, Lincoln Figarow.

When the Jamaica Observer visited the family last week, Anderson announced ecstatically: “You see all when mi have baby di last time, di amount a doctor come and shake mi hand. Dem say mi fi go inna di Guinness Book of Records. Dem say how nobody nuh know bout me.”

Anderson jested that one of the doctors said he was sorry he was already married. “Him say a me should a be him wife. Some people say di prime minister should a know me because dis a record in a history”.

Officially, the record number of children born to one woman is 69, to a Russian woman who had 16 pairs. However, locally, Anderson is suspected to have that record as civil registration manager at the Registrar General’s Department, Monique Lynquee told the Sunday Observer that the entity does not have record of any other mother with that many twins.

Anderson also has two other children. She explained that after having her first son at age 19, she gave birth to her first set of twin — boys — a year later.

“Kamaro and Kamal, they were my first twins”, she said “Mi never expect it, but mi did glad same way, because to me that was a blessing.”

She then later gave birth to her third son, Mario Cameron, who was then followed by his twin sister, Angel Cameron, whose double unfortunately died at birth.

“A two a dem mi have who died at the hospital,” Anderson revealed. “Di second set weh mi have were girls and one of them died at birth. Then after dat mi have another set, they were boys and one of dem also died. After dat, a straight twin mi have”.

At this point, Anderson would have gone through five pregnancies, with a year or two separating the first four.

On her sixth pregnancy in 2017, Anderson had her second pair of twin girls, Hailey and Kylie Pusey, who were followed by another set of girls, Calesha and Alesha Figarow, just last year.

The twins are now six months old and were cuddled in their mother’s arms, as she spoke with the Sunday Observer.

“See di two a dem here,” Anderson said, holding the youngest set in her arms, while the other two, now two years old, played at her feet. The other children were all at school, although, she explained, sometimes she cannot afford to send them.

“Sometime mi nuh have it fi send dem go school, so mi would a need likkle help fi educate them so they can come out to something good”.

The jovial mother admitted that she never intended to have so many children, but said, neverthless, that she is counting each of her children as a blessing.

“Mi never want fi have so much, but mi done bring dem and mi nuh know. But God love mi; everybody say dem want my twin dem. But mi say no, a better mi suffer and tek care a dem like how my mother suffer and tek care a me.”

Anderson spoke adoringly about her mother, Patricia Bryan, who sometimes does janitorial work with Manpower and Maintenance Services Limited.

“Di amount a tings weh she do fi mi, mi cyah pay her back. Mi mada help mi out big time, till she get all slim. Mi just want pay her back, but right now mi cyah pay her fi wah she do fi me. Me should a drink her foot water fi weh she do fi me. Mi cyah re-pay.”

She explained that their living situation is currently inadequate, with the kitchen and laundry area in the two-bedroom house in need of repair.

“Right now mi want a house fi myself because mi mother nuh really have nuh vacancy, so mi would a really want help fi get a likkle house fi myself. A she alone sometimes, and she still good to me nuh matter how people talk.

“Right now her kitchen sink and bathroom want fix. Every time she guh fi fix it she have fi a spend it pon we. Sometimes mi would a need a likkle machine ’cause mi have fi wash so much baby clothes.

Her mother, on the other hand, said she is happy for her 10 grandchildren, in spite of the struggles they have taking care of all of them.