A mother in South Africa claims she has given birth to 10 babies, seven boys and three girls, from a single pregnancy – and they were all conceived naturally, according to reports
A woman claims she has given birth to 10 babies all at once, it has been reported.
The 37-year-old from South Africa said she gave birth to decuplets at a hospital in the city of Pretoria on June 7.
Gosiame Thamara Sithole is believed to have given birth to the seven boys and three girls, who were conceived naturally, through C-section and at 29 weeks.
If true, she has now broken the record set by Halima Cisse of Mali, who gave birth to nine babies at a hospital in Morocco in May.
The feat has not been confirmed by doctors or the Guinness World Records.
Doctors had initially told her she was expecting six children before later scans incorrectly revised the figure up to eight.
The mother, who originally hails from the township of Thembisa in the City of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, is a retail store manager.
Earlier in the year she had revealed her pregnancy was initially tough and she had been sick and experienced leg pain and heartburn.
She had also expressed worry that her unborn children would not survive the high-risk pregnancy.
However, all were born alive 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” following the birth.
Prayers and sleepless nights
Ms Sithole, 37, previously gave birth to twins, who are now six years old.
She is said to be in good health after delivering 29 weeks into her pregnancy in Pretoria on Monday evening.
Speaking to Pretoria News a month ago, Ms Sithole said her pregnancy was “tough at the beginning” and she had prayed for a healthy birth, with many a sleepless night worrying about what was to come.
“How would they fit in the womb? Would they survive?” she asked herself, but was reassured by doctors that her womb was expanding.