A South African mum claims to have given birth to 10 babies at the one time (decuplets) – a world record-breaking feat.
Doctors reportedly told Gosiame Thamara Sithole that ultrasounds showed she was having eight babies. But she claims she had decuplets – that’s 10 babies – at a hospital in Pretoria two days ago.
The births were reported by Pretoria News, with said the 37-year-old delivered seven boys and three girls via c-section, at 29-weeks gestation. Incredibly, Gosiame already has six-year-old twins, and said her pregnancy was completely natural.
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“It’s seven boys and three girls,” her husband Teboho Tsotetsi told Pretoria News not long after the birth. “She was seven months and seven days pregnant. I am happy. I am emotional. I can’t talk much. Let’s talk again in the morning please.”
Gosiame said last month that doctors had initially told her she was expecting sextuplets. Another scan later increased the number of babies to eight. She says the other two went undetected because they were ‘in the wrong tube’.
“I am shocked by my pregnancy,” she said last month. “It was tough at the beginning. I was sick. It was hard for me. It’s still tough but I am used to it now. I don’t feel the pain anymore, but it’s still a bit tough. I just pray for God to help me deliver all my children in a healthy condition, and for me and my children to come out alive. I would be pleased about it.”
She said she couldn’t believe the news when doctors told her she was expecting octuplets. “I didn’t believe it. I doubted it. I was convinced that if it was more, it would be twins or triplets, not more than that. When the doctor told me, I took time to believe it. Even when I saw the scans I didn’t believe it. But, as time went by, I realised it was indeed true. I battled to sleep at night though.
“How would they fit in the womb? Would they survive? What if they came out conjoined at the head, in the stomachs or hands? Like, what would happen? I asked myself all these questions until the doctor assured me that my womb was starting to expand inside. God made a miracle and my children stayed in the womb without any complications.”
If confirmed, the birth would surpass the previous record, which was only set last month. Halmia Cisse reportedly gave birth to nine babies in Malia in April. According to the New York Post, Guinness World Records officials are investigating.
“Guinness World Records is aware of the news that Gosiame Thamara Sithole has given birth to decuplets, and we send our congratulations and best wishes to the family,” a spokesperson said. “At the current time, we are yet to verify this as a record as the wellbeing of both the mother and babies is of top priority. Our records team alongside a specialist consultant are looking into this.”
South African authorities say they’re yet to verify the record-breaking birth, with Director-General of government communications, Phumla Williams saying they are trying to trace the story.
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