Africa News and local newspaper Tame Times reported that Ms. Gosiame Thamara Sithole, 37, gave birth to 10 babies at a hospital in Pretoria city – South Africa on the evening of June 7 (local time). Doctors had previously said that Mrs Sithole was pregnant with eight children based on the results of an ultrasound.
The woman’s husband, Teboho Tsotetsi, claimed his wife gave birth to seven boys and three girls by caesarean section. “It’s 7 boys and 3 girls. She’s 7 months and 7 days pregnant. I’m very happy and have nothing to share at the moment.”
Mrs Sithole later announced she was “naturally pregnant”. In an interview at her home in the town of Tembisa last month, Ms Sithole said she was “shocked” by her pregnancy and did not believe doctors that she would give birth to six babies. She thought at best she would have twins or triplets.
“I just pray to God to help me give birth to all the babies healthy, for me and my children to survive. God has done a miracle and my children are still in the womb without any problems. any complications,” Ms. Sithole said.
Mr. Tsottetsi, who is unemployed, was also shocked when he was told that his wife was pregnant with so many babies.
“I can’t believe it. I feel like I’m one of God’s chosen children. I feel blessed to be given this blessing because so many people out there need children. It’s a miracle.” – said Mr. Tsotetsi.
Prof Dini Mawela, deputy dean of the medical faculty at Sefako Makgatho University of Health Sciences, said Sithole’s case was very rare and was often caused by fertility treatments. The babies will spend the next few months in an incubator because of the high risk of death.
“When treating infertility, they inject as many eggs as possible to increase their chances of conceiving under the assumption that some will die. But all of them may survive,” Professor Mawela explained.
Information about Ms. Sithole’s “extraordinary” birth was republished by many international news sites and newspapers, such as the Daily Mail (UK) and New York Post (USA), but still caused semi-doubt.
Before that, Mrs. Cissé held the record for giving birth to the most babies at once with nine children at a hospital in Morocco. Before Cissé, the record holder was American woman Nadya Suleman, who gave birth to eight babies by in vitro fertilization in 2009.