South African woman gives birth to 10 babies in Pretoria – reports

South African woman gives birth to 10 babies in Pretoria - reports
Gosiame Thamara Sithole, pictured here a month ago, gave birth on Monday. Source: AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY (ANA)
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Daily US Times: A South African woman named Gosiame Thamara Sithole has reportedly given birth to 10 babies in what would be a new world record.

Her husband says they were astonished by decuplets after scans only showed eight in the womb.

Her husband Teboho Tsotetsi told Pretoria News after the birth: “It’s seven boys and three girls. I am happy. I am emotional. I can’t talk much.”

One South African official confirmed the births, however another said they were yet to see the babies.

A family member, who didn’t want to be identified, said that Ms Sithole had had 10 babies – 5 via caesarean section and five via natural birth.

Guinness World Records said that it was investigating Ms Sithole’s case.

A woman who had eight babies in the United States in 2009 currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most children delivered at a single birth to survive.

Last month, 25-year-old Halima Cissé from Mali gave birth to 9 babies, who are reportedly doing well at a clinic in Morocco.

Most pregnancies involving large numbers of babies end prematurely, while multiple births involving more than three babies are rare and often the result of fertility treatments – but in this case the couple say they conceived naturally.

Ms Sithole is 37-years-old and previously gave birth to twins, who are now six years old.

Family said the new mother is said to be in good health after delivering 29 weeks into her pregnancy in Pretoria on Monday evening.

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