A mother in South Africa claims she gave birth to 10 babies, seven boys and three girls, from a single pregnancy – and they were all reportedly naturally conceived
One woman claims she gave birth to 10 babies at one time.
The 37-year-old from South Africa said she gave birth to decuplets in a hospital in the city of Pretoria in June.
It is believed that Gosiame Thamara Sithole gave birth to the seven boys and three girls who were naturally conceived, by caesarean section and at 29 weeks of age.
If that’s true, she has now broken the record of Halima Cisse from Mali, who gave birth to nine babies in a hospital in Morocco in May.
The feat has not been confirmed by doctors or the Guinness World Records.
Doctors initially told her she was expecting six children before subsequent scans incorrectly corrected the number to eight.
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The mother, who is originally from Thembisa parish in the town of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, is the retail manager and already has two twins, aged six.
Earlier this year, she revealed that her pregnancy was difficult at first, and that she was sick with leg pain and heartburn.
She had also expressed concern that her unborn children would not survive the high-risk pregnancy.
All were born alive, however, and will spend the next few months in incubators before she and her husband Teboho Tsotetsi can take them home.
Teboho described himself as “happy” and “emotional” after the birth.
Gosiame broke the record of Halima Cisse, 25, from Mali, who gave birth to nine children last month.
She was believed to have carried sevenlings throughout her pregnancy – but doctors were shocked when they found two more children in a cesarean section.
All babies – five girls and four boys – were “fine” at the time of birth.
Ms. Cisse, who had already had a child with her husband Adjudant Kader Arby, was flown to Morocco for specialist medical care in March after the Malian government intervened in her rare case.
Mr. Arby said the BBC back then he wasn’t afraid of raising so many babies at once.
“God gave us these children. He’s the one who decides what will happen to them.
“I’m not worried about that. When the Almighty does something, He knows why.”
The family said they were grateful for the incredible support, which the Malian authorities also called for “express their joy”.
“Thank you … even the President called me,” said Mr Arby.