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Mother of eight living on welfare wants more children

By Sowetan Live | Aug 20, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 34 ]

Single and unemployed mother Marie Buchan is not letting her financial situation get in the way of her dream of having 13 kids.

According to the Dailymail, 32-year-old Buchan managed to give birth to 8 kids in thirteen years before being forced to undergo a hysterectomy due to the strain on her body.

She now plans to have two more using a surrogate mother.

‘I love being pregnant and surrounded by kids. If I can’t have more babies myself, the next best thing would be to use a surrogate. People might criticise me. But it is my right to have as many children as I want,’ she was quoted saying.

Buchan’s plans to expand her family have angered many in the town of Selly Oak, Birmingham as the single mother supports her family through the help of taxpayers.

Marie Buchan and her family reportedly live on benefits of about £2,000-a-month (more than R35000).

According to the report, Buchan has already calculated that she will get an extra £70 a week in welfare payments with the addition of two more kids.

She currently receives more than £2,200 a month in state handouts – £440 in child benefit, £1,604 in tax credits and £183 in income support, which leaves her with a monthly disposable income of £600, writes Dailymail.

Rent is an expense that she doesn’t worry about as she and her children live in a £200,000 three-bedroom semi-detached council house.

The father of her children reportedly left their home last year as he couldn’t handle the stress of having so many children. He now visits them on weekends.


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Aug 20, 2014 2:56 | 0 replies
Aug 20, 2014 2:57 | 1 replies


Choma hi! usaba ukusebenza lo

Aug 20, 2014 3:7 | 1 replies


Hey choma usangene lomfazi uyazi,uyangikwatisa kanjani.

Aug 20, 2014 3:11 | 0 replies
Aug 20, 2014 2:59 | 1 replies
Aug 21, 2014 9:49 | 0 replies


The father of the kids left as he cant handle many kids yet he is busy chowing this lady and giving her more.

Aug 20, 2014 3:0 | 1 replies


maybe amajazi wonke lawa

Aug 20, 2014 3:9 | 0 replies


hahahaaaa insane!

Aug 20, 2014 3:9 | 0 replies



Aug 20, 2014 3:10 | 1 replies


That explains a lot about you.

Aug 21, 2014 11:4 | 0 replies


Grant money causes all of this , imagine here in SA if there was no grant , these teenagers will not be giving birth at this rate. Mara what does R180 buy nowadays. Mnx

Aug 20, 2014 3:12 | 0 replies


Expensive house she's staying in, R35 000 in benefits? this one is taking advantage of the system, we're going that route here in Mzanzi..

Aug 20, 2014 3:16 | 0 replies


Has she thought about adoption.

Aug 20, 2014 3:19 | 2 replies


No no no she's got enough mos, what adoption??

Aug 20, 2014 3:21 | 1 replies


Well... to me she seems to be inspired enough to run a shelter hence I suggested adoption.

Aug 20, 2014 3:44 | 0 replies


I doubt the welfare will let her

Aug 21, 2014 11:5 | 1 replies


...will let her adopt considering her situation.

Aug 21, 2014 11:6 | 0 replies


she is crazy that is all

Aug 20, 2014 3:19 | 0 replies


most poor people have found a hobby in breeding... and the cycle of poverty never ends

Aug 20, 2014 3:28 | 1 replies


That is why S_Cold is a taxi conductor (usicabha).

Aug 21, 2014 11:7 | 0 replies