'Miracle kids' conceived by prayers!

Updated on Aug 18, 2004 08:13 PM IST

Thirteen Kenyan children under five are to undergo genetic tests to verify claims by a pastor that they were born to a post-menopausal and infertile woman every four months.

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PTI | ByAFP, Nairobi

Thirteen Kenyan children under five are to undergo genetic tests to verify claims by a Kenyan pastor that they were born to a post-menopausal and infertile woman every four months without copulation.

"We have to ascertain if the claims are real and the only way is to carry out DNA tests on the 13 'miracle children'," police spokesman Jasper Ombati said by telephone on Tuesday.

The children were picked up from a home in the Nairobi suburbs of a couple, Mr and Mrs Odera, both staunch followers of Kenya's UK-based tele-evangelist, Gilbert Deya, who claims he can pray for unfortunate women to give birth in four months without sex.

Deya argues that he does so by casting away evil spirits and demons from women.

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