According to reports, a South African mother has given birth to ten infants at once, breaking a global record set just last month.
According to a story Tuesday, Gosiame Thamara Sithole, a 37-year-old mother of six-year-old twins, originally planned to have eight children, making her a rare “Octomom” like Californian Nadya Suleman.
Her husband, Teboho Tsotetsi, told the Pretoria News that when she gave birth by Caesarean section at a Pretoria hospital on Monday, she was startled to see ten kids emerge.
Tsotetsi informed the publication that his wife, who was “seven months and seven days pregnant,” had “seven boys and three girls.”
“I am content. I’m a sensitive person. I’m not able to say much. Please, let’s talk in the morning,” Tsotetsi told the newspaper.
Sithole, from Ekurhuleni, stated her pregnancy was spontaneous and that she had not taken reproductive therapy, which has been linked to multiple births in the past.
Sithole’s 10-kid delivery would be the first known birth of decuplets if confirmed.
Halima Cisse, who reportedly gave birth to nine nonuplets in Malia last month, held the previous record.
“Guinness World Records is aware of the news that Gosiame Thamara Sithole has given birth to decuplets, and we express our warmest condolences to the family,” a spokeswoman for the record-keeping organization said.
“At this time, we are unable to authenticate this as a record because the mother and her children’s safety is paramount. Our records team is looking into it, along with a specialist consultant,” the spokeswoman stated.
Sithole flaunted her large pregnant belly during a photoshoot with her husband last month, when they were still expecting octuplets.
Even that had come as a surprise, she earlier told Pretoria News, because the initial scans had only revealed six infants.
“It took me a while to accept it when the doctor told me,” she said of the seemingly erroneous news that she was carrying octuplets.
“I couldn’t believe it even after I saw the scans. But, as time passed, I knew it was correct. However, I had trouble sleeping at night,” she said.
She added of her “difficult” pregnancy, “God made a miracle and my children stayed in the womb without any issues.”
“All I ask is for God to help me deliver all of my children in good health, and for myself and my children to survive. “It would make me happy,” she stated at the time.
Even after he thought he’d fathered eight children, her unemployed husband stated he “felt like one of God’s chosen children.”
Source: Thobile Mathonsi/African News Agency(ANA)
- Gosiame Thamara Sithole: Thobile Mathonsi/African News Agency(ANA)