A South African woman, Gosiame Thamara Sithole, has reportedly given birth to 10 babies in what would be a new world record with seven boys & three girls. Her husband said they were surprised by decuplets after scans only revealed eight in the womb.
It’s seven boys and three girls. He is happy, emotional and could not talk much. It is what her husband Teboho Tsotetsi told Pretoria News after the birth. One South African official confirmed the deliveries to the BBC news. However, they added that they were yet to view the babies.
A family member, who did not desire to be identified, told the BBC that Ms Sithole gave birth to ten babies – five via natural childbirth and five thru cesarean section. Guinness World Records announced to the BBC that it was examining Ms Sithole’s case.
A lady who had eight infants in the US in 2009 currently owns the Guinness World Record for the most babies delivered at an individual birth to survive. Earlier in the previous month, 25-year-old Halima Cissé from Mali delivered nine babies reportedly doing great at a polyclinic in Morocco.
The ‘controlled chaos’ of nursing sextuplets is a considerable responsibility. Most pregnancies comprising large numbers of babies cease prematurely tells BBC Africa’s health journalist Rhoda Odhiambo. Multiple births, including more than three babies, are rare and usually the result of fertility therapies – but in this case, the pair says they conceived spontaneously.
Prayers and restless nights kept them awake. Ms Sithole, 37, earlier gave birth to twins, who are presently six years old. She is assumed to be in good health after giving 29 weeks into her pregnancy in Pretoria on Monday evening. Talking to Pretoria News a month before, Ms Sithole said her pregnancy was “difficult at the beginning”, and she had pleaded for a healthy birth, with several a sleepless night bothering about what was to happen.
How would the babies fit in the womb? Would the babies endure?” she questioned herself but was convinced by doctors that her womb was developing. Most pregnancies comprising large numbers of babies end untimely.
When it was believed she was carrying eight embryones, Ms Sithole experienced leg pains, and doctors discovered that two of the eight “were in the faulty tube”, and the lady has been okay since then. She can’t remain calm for my kids, as she told the newspaper at the time. Her husband said that he was over the moon and felt like one of God’s chosen sons. It’s a miracle he is going to appreciate.