Story at a glance
- A woman from South Africa is believed to be a new world record holder after giving birth to 10 babies despite expecting eight.
- "It's seven boys and three girls. She was seven months and seven days pregnant," the woman’s husband Teboho Tsotetsi told Pretoria News.
- “I didn’t believe it. I doubted it,” Gosiame Thamara Sithole described to the outlet after doctors told her of the expected sextuplets.
A woman from South Africa is believed to be a new world record holder after giving birth to 10 babies despite expecting eight.
Teboho Tsotetsi told Pretoria News his wife, Gosiame Thamara Sithole, gave birth to the decuplets by Cesarean section at 7 months — without fertility drugs.
"It's seven boys and three girls. She was seven months and seven days pregnant," Tsotetsi told Pretoria News.
"I am shocked by my pregnancy," Sithole previously told the outlet. "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."
“I didn’t believe it. I doubted it,” Sithole described to the outlet after doctors told her of the expected sextuplets. “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 realised it was indeed true. I battled to sleep at night though.”
Dini Mawela, deputy head of the school of medicine at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, told Pretoria News that pregnancies of this magnitude without fertility drugs are a rarity and that the babies will likely need immediate, additional care before they are allowed to go home.
"The danger is that, because there is not enough space in the womb for the children, the tendency is that they will be small. What would happen is that they would take them out pre-term because there is a risk if they keep them longer in there," Mawela said.
The previous world record holder, Halima Cisse of Morocco, delivered nine babies in May.
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