South-African woman Gosiame Thamara Sithole, 37, claims to have given birth to 10 children, seven boys and three girls who were delivered by Cesarean section at a hospital in Pretoria overnight on Monday 7th June 2021.
Should the news be confirmed, the woman would have achieved the world’s largest ever live birth breaking the Guinness world record a month after Halima Cisee, a Malian woman from Morocco, gave birth to 9.
Gosiame Thamara Sithole is already a mother of twins. She said the pregnancy was ‘natural’ but in many cases such extreme births are almost always the results of fertility treatments with multiple fertilised embryos inserted into the womb to increase the chances the patient will fall pregnant.
The news is yet to be confirmed by Daily Mail sources because the name of the hospital where it took place has not been made public.
Tebogo Tsotetsi, the lady’s husband, who is unemployed told journalist of the birth of the decuplets saying he is ‘happy’ and ’emotional’.
A fertility doctor who had previously commented on the case has been contacted for verification, but had not responded at the time of publication.
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In an interview with the same newspaper before the birth, Sithole – who is a store manager – said doctors initially told her that she was pregnant with six children.
But that was increased to eight following a later scan. It was only while undergoing surgery that the other two babies were discovered.
Gosiame Thamara Sithole said she suffered through the complicated pregnancy, experiencing morning sickness early on followed later by pain in her leg.
Meanwhile Tsotetsi revealed that he initially could not believe his wife was pregnant with six children, thinking it was medically impossible.
‘But after I found out that these things do happen, and saw my wife’s medical records, I got excited. I can’t wait to have them in my arms,’ he said at the time.
Local outlet Pretoria News broke the news and it was later picked up by several other international publications.
Source: Daily mail, Pretoria News