43-year-old Malawi lawyer gives birth to ‘miracle’ baby after years of wishing for a child – Report

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.

Ellen Malilo with her daughter who has won the Baby of the Year competition. (L-R) Victor Malilo, Shalom Malilo, Ellen Malilo and grandmother Gloria Mkukupa.-Photo by Nottingham Post
Ellen Malilo with her daughter who has won the Baby of the Year competition. (L-R) Victor Malilo, Shalom Malilo and Ellen Malilo.-Photo by Nottingham Post

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.

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mjiba
mjiba
4 years ago

Congratulations after trying for so long. Kumangolilila kuwutsi ndi kumanyoza mabanja amene ali ndi ana ambiri zanthu zikukanika ukweche ndi ukweche eish. Now Natembo is daughter of John Tembo former MCP President. I know of a Mkukupa who is married to a Chakwera. The Grandmother is a Mkukupa kodi a Tembo chipani munapereka kwa apongozi???

muonosile
muonosile
4 years ago

Lady 43 yrs and husband 41 alright very scarce indeed.

getrude
getrude
4 years ago

Beautiful baby shalom. To god be all the glory. I qoute ” 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.” Which pastor is this???????????????????? amen

Prophet in Charge Fa Bakali Folotiya
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Osangonditchula bwanji

Makolija
Makolija
4 years ago

Victor Maliro is a great guy! Natembo is a wonderful woman.

Good for them.

Bishop
Bishop
4 years ago

Congratulations and Glory to God. We thank God for that. But here is my advice. You should consider reflecting on your name Maliro. Everyday people calling you Maliro…how does if feel? These names have a bearing in our lives and we never know how our grandfathers came up with such names. Please consider changing a name upon asking you parentes or relatives…what your else your father used to be called. But even if means taking his first name. no problem…. My advice..

kwendakwina
kwendakwina
4 years ago

Am not sure if this is newsworthy. For Malawians maybe!

junior
junior
4 years ago

KUMWAMBA KULANDILE ULEMU WONSE, TO DELAY IS NOT TO DENY SHALOM I CELEBRATE UR LIFE MORE GRACE

wakikiki
4 years ago

GOD is never too late

Robias Phiri
Robias Phiri
4 years ago

beautiful, just beautiful.

Robias Phiri
Robias Phiri
4 years ago

Beautiul just beautiful

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