Confusion around 10 babies born by a South African woman continues to grow as no one has confirmed the births or has seen them a week after they were born.
Gosiame Thamara Sithole from the Tembisa township near Johannesburg gave birth to the babies on June 7th – according to the Pretoria News newspaper which quoted the parents.
The babies, seven boys and three girls, have not made public appearance or been captured on camera – although they were born prematurely according to the newspaper.
The father Teboho Tsotetsi told the daily that Sithole gave birth in a hospital in the capital Pretoria. However, the Gauteng Health Department was unable to find any record of the births.
No hospital records in South Africa exist to prove Sithole gave birth to decuplets. All the hospital that she was reported to have given birth at have so far denied they registered world’s first decuplets delivery.
The alleged decuplets’ father Tsotetsi confirmed the 10 babies don’t exist in a statement issued on Tuesday June 15th.
Tsotetsi confirmed that he has not seen the decuplets and relied on his girlfriend who called to inform him of their birth. He made several attempts to visit his girlfriend and the babies but she has failed to disclose her whereabouts and the condition of their babies.
“The current uncertainties and public discourse about the decuplets is of major concern to the family, especially in the absence of any proof of the decuplets existence other than telephonic and WhatsApp messages from the mother.
“The family has resolved and concluded that there are no decuplets born between Tebogo Tsotetsi and Gosiame Sithole, until proven otherwise and wishes to apologise for any inconvenience and embarrassment,” read the statement in part.
It adds that;
“We call on members of the public to stop donating money into any bank accounts for the decuplets. We appreciate the public interests and support for the decuplets, and with no proof of their existence we firmly believe it’s in the interests of everyone to conclude that they do not exist, until proven otherwise. We will now shift our attention to finding Gosiame Sithole whilst praying for her safe return.
“The family is being troubled, and all of sorts of things are being said in the media. In an attempt to try to put the matter to rest and focus on working with authorities to find the mother and the babies if they exit, we then issued this statement.”
Sithole’s alleged decuplets birth made headlines across the globe as it was the first instance reported of a human giving birth to 10 babies at one go.
The current world record of most babies delivered by a human at a go is held by a Malian woman who gave birth to nine babies in May 2021 in Morocco, it was hailed as the world’s first case of nonuplets.
Sithole’s alleged decuplets sent the world into a frenzy as it happened only a month after the Malian women gave birth to nine babies.