Malawian couple based in England of lawyer Ellen Maliro (well known as Natembo) and her husband former football player Victor Maliro, have made headlines in a UK newspaper for their first born child described as “miracle” baby after the mum waited for years for her to arrive.
The Northingham Post newspaper of Friday reported that, Ellen, 43, and her husband Victor, 41, had wanted a baby together since they met in 1995 and had been trying since their marriage in 2011.
They suffered a number of disappointments, including two miscarriages, as her demanding job as a lawyer and her diabetes made it difficult to conceive, the paper reported.
However, Mrs Malilo finally found out she was pregnant at the age of 42 and gave birth to her “beautiful” daughter Shalom at Nottingham City Hospital last year on November 2.
Shalom, who will be turning one next week, has now won the Nottingham Post Baby of the Year award for the 10 to 18 month category, the paper reported.
“We named her Shalom because to me it means perfect peace, nothing broken, nothing missing, tranquillity. When she arrived she stopped all the hopelessness. She is my miracle baby, that’s what I call her,” Ellen said according to quotes attributed to her in the paper.
“I loved her the moment I saw her. My husband pulled her in to his arms and showed me this beautiful face.
“I thought I had loved before but when I saw her I realised there was a whole new level of love and my heart just melted.”
Her insulin dependent Type 2 diabetes and the stress of her job as an adult social care lawyer meant that she was struggling to conceive a baby, and the two times she did they did not make it beyond two months in the womb.
She said that friends were starting to wonder whether it would ever happen because of her age but the Pentecostal Christian did not lose faith.
Indeed, she was told by a Pastor and prophet who lives in her native country Malawi that she would be with a child in a month, and exactly a month later Shalom was conceived.
According to the report in the paper, Ellen thanked Nottingham City Hospital for helping her through her pregnancy, which was classified as “high risk” because of her condition. She also had to have a caesarean four weeks early because her daughter was getting too large and spent the week afterwards in the hospital recovering.