A South African woman has once again confirmed that « Africa is the cradle of humanity ». Gosiame Thamara Sithole, 37, from Tembisa Township in Ekurhuleni, has given birth to 10 babies, breaking the Guinness World Record held by Halima Cissé of Mali, who gave birth to nine children in Morocco last month. Sithole gave birth to seven boys and three girls by caesarean section.
South African Gosiame Thamara Sithole, who has six-year-old twins, has again given birth to tenfold babies, two more than doctors had previously detected during medical examinations at a Pretoria hospital last night, her husband Teboho Tsotetsi said. Gosiame Sithole, previously told the Pretoria News that her pregnancy was natural as she was not undergoing fertility treatment.
Speaking to the newspaper, Teboho Tsotetsi revealed that his wife 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’m emotional. I can’t talk much. Let’s talk again in the morning please, » said Tsotetsi.
In an interview at their family home in Tembisa last month, which was delayed at the couple’s request for security and cultural reasons, Sithole said she was shocked and fascinated by the pregnancy. She said she was in a state of disbelief when doctors told her earlier this year that she was expecting six children (sextuplets) before further tests showed they were in fact octuplets.
Two more could not be detected initially, Sithole said. « I am shocked by my pregnancy. It was hard at first. I was sick. It was hard for me. It is still hard but I am used to it now. I don’t feel the pain anymore, but it’s still a bit hard. I just pray that God will help me deliver all my children in good health, and that my children and I will come out alive. I’d be glad to, » she said.
« It’s a pretty unique situation. I don’t know how often this happens. It’s an extremely high risk (pregnancy). It’s a very complex and high-risk situation. 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 remove them early because there is a risk if they keep them longer. The babies will come out small, the chances of survival compromised. But it all depends on how long she carried them, » said Professor Dini Mawela, deputy head of the Faculty of Medicine at the Sefako Makgatho University of Health Sciences.
Sithole broke the record for the most children from the same pregnancy held by Halima Cissé of Mali, who gave birth to nine children (not multiples) in a hospital in Morocco last month. Before Halima, the record holder for the most children born in a single birth to survive would be American Nadya Suleman, who gave birth to eight children in 2009. Her octuplets were conceived through in vitro fertilisation.