A South African woman has reportedly given birth to ten babies at once, breaking the Guinness World Record which was held by Malian Halima Cisse, who last month, gave birth to nine babies at once in Morocco.
Halima had given birth to nonuplets, it is believed that 37-year-old Gosiame Thamara Sithole had given birth to decuplets on June 7 at the hospital in Pretoria.
Ms Sithole was already a mother of 6-year-old twins, now she is the mother of 12 children. Her doctor said initially she was expecting six children, then eight. But on Monday night, when she gave birth to ten babies, Ms Sithole and her family were surprised. She gave birth to seven boys and three girls by Caesarean section.
Sithole said that her pregnancy was natural and she did not undergo any fertility treatments. Her husband, Teboho Tsotetshi said, “It's seven boys and three girls. She was seven months and seven days pregnant. I am happy and emotional at the same time.”
Sharing her pregnancy experience she said that her pregnancy journey was not an easy one as she had to deal with lots of leg pain and heartburn. She added that at one point, she expressed concern that her babies would not survive the high-risk pregnancy.
She said, “I am shocked by my pregnancy. 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.”
How babies fit in the womb?
She was concerned that how would they fit in the womb? Would they survive? What if they came out conjoined at the head, in the stomach or hands?
She said, “I asked myself all these questions until my 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.”
A representative of the Guinness World Record on Tuesday said, “Guinness World Records is aware of the news that Gosiame Thamara Sithole has given birth to decuplets, and we send out congratulations and best wishes to the family.”
He further added, “At the current time, we are yet to verify this as a record as the wellbeing of both the mother and babies is the top priority. Our records team alongside a specialist consultant are looking into this.”