A South African woman has given birth to 10 children breaking the existing Guinness World Record held by Malian Woman who gave birth to nine children.
The woman identified as Gosiame Thamara Sithole, 37, gave birth to her decuplets – two more than doctors had earlier detected during the medical scans.
Sithole is married to Teboho Tsotetsi. The husband said Sithole delivered her seven boys and three girls by Caesarean section.
In her first pregnancy, Sithole delivered twins who are now six years old. Speaking to the Pretoria News last night, Tsotetsi said Sithole gave birth to their bundles of joy 29 weeks into her pregnancy.
“It’s seven boys and three girls. She was seven months and seven days pregnant. I am happy. I am emotional. I can’t talk much. Let’s talk again in the morning please,” Tsotetsi said.
In earlier interviews, Sithole claimed she was fascinated by her pregnancy. She was shocked after the doctor told her she was expecting six children (sextuplets) before further scans showed that it was in fact octuplets.
“I am shocked by my pregnancy. It was tough at the beginning. I was sick. It was hard for me. It’s still tough but I am used to it now. I don’t feel the pain anymore, but it’s still a bit tough. I just pray for God to help me deliver all my children in a healthy condition, and for me and my children to come out alive. I would be pleased about it,” Sithole said.
She added, “I didn’t believe it. I doubted it. I was convinced that if it was more, it would be twins or triplets, not more than that. When the doctor told me, I took time to believe it. Even when I saw the scans I didn’t believe it. But, as time went by, I realized it was indeed true. I battled to sleep at night though.”
She had sleepless nights just thinking about her unborn children.
“How would they fit in the womb? Would they survive? What if they came out conjoined at the head, in the stomachs or hands? Like, what would happen? I asked myself all these questions until the doctor assured me that my womb was starting to expand inside. God made a miracle and my children stayed in the womb without any complications.”
Sithole said that even if it wasn’t an easy journey, she was over the moon and looking forward to her children.
“Initially there were six children. Only to find that the other two were in the wrong tube. My legs were painful. The doctors did further scans and they found the children were in the wrong tube. That was sorted and I have been okay since then. I can’t wait for my children. We have already given them names.”
Her husband, Tsotetsi, who is unemployed, said he was also overwhelmed by shock when he was told about the pregnancy.
However, their children will spend the next few months in an incubator before they will be allowed to take them home.