An American woman who had eight babies in the US in 2009 currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most children delivered at a single birth to survive but she will be losing that record in the next Guinness publication. That is because a South African woman has reportedly given birth to 10 babies in what would be a new world record.
Gosiame Thamara Sithole’s husband says they were astonished by decuplets after scans only showed eight in the womb.
“It’s seven boys and three girls. I am happy. I am emotional. I can’t talk much,” her husband Teboho Tsotetsi told Pretoria News after the birth.
One South African official confirmed the births to 18 Karat Reggae, however, another said they were yet to see the babies.
Guinness World Records told the 18 Karat Reggae it was investigating Ms. Sithole’s case.
Ms Sithole, 37, previously gave birth to twins, who are now six years old.
She is said to be in good health after delivering by caesarean section 29 weeks into her pregnancy in Pretoria on Monday evening.
Speaking to Pretoria News a month ago, Ms Sithole said her pregnancy was “tough at the beginning” and she had prayed for a healthy birth, with many a sleepless night worrying about what was to come.
“How would they fit in the womb? Would they survive?” she asked herself, but was reassured by doctors that her womb was expanding.
When it was thought she was carrying eight foetuses, Ms Sithole was suffering leg pains and doctors found that two of the eight “were in the wrong tube”.
“That was sorted and I have been okay since then. I can’t wait for my children,” she told the newspaper at the time.
Her husband also said he was over the moon, and felt like “one of God’s chosen children. It’s a miracle which I appreciate”.