According to Pretoria News on June 8, Gosiame Thamara Sithole gave birth by Caesarean section at a hospital in the capital of Pretoria, South Africa. Her husband, Teboho Tsotetsi, said his wife was surprised upon finding out she gave birth to 10 children on June 7.
Guinness World Records considering the record
He also shared that it was 7 boys and 3 girls. They welcomed their babies when his wife was 7 months and 7 days pregnant.
In fact, Sithole gave birth to twins six years ago. She said she was pregnant with 10 children this time completely naturally. If confirmed, she will become the world’s first woman to give birth to a decuplet.
A Guinness spokesperson said that Guinness World Records was aware of Gosiame Thamara Sithole’s decuplets birth, and they have sent their congratulations and best wishes to the family.
Meanwhile, the organization also claimed to not have confirmed this as a record because the health of both mother and baby is a priority.
The surprising decuplets
Gosiame Thamara Sithole showed off her oversized belly in May. At first, she thought she would give birth to six children because the initial ultrasound showed only six fetuses.
Later, the ultrasound results showed that she was pregnant with up to 8 fetuses. However, she actually gave birth to 10 children.
The 37-year-old got candid on her maternity period that she usually lost sleep as she was anxious about her children and how they would be born. She said she prayed to God, hoping she can give birth to healthy kids and they all together can live happily.
Professor Dini Mawela, from the Sefako Makgatho University of Health Sciences, said Sithole’s case was very rare. Usually, having multiple children requires medical intervention.
Professor Mawela said Sithole’s babies had to stay in the incubator for a few more months because they had experienced a high-risk pregnancy.
The previous record belonged to Mrs. Halima Cisse when she gave birth to 9 children in Mali in May.