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South African woman gives birth to 10 babies: World record?

The 37-year-old Gosiame Thamara Sithole claimed to have given birth to 10 babies (seven boys and three girls) by C-section at a Pretoria hospital on 7 June

A South African woman has given birth to 10 babies. This will set a new world record for the largest-ever live births if doctors confirm it. The development comes a month after a woman named Halima Cisse from Mali gave birth to nine babies in Morocco.

Gosiame Thamara Sithole, 37, has claimed to have given birth to ten babies — seven boys and three girls. According to her husband Tebogo Tsotetsi, the babies were delivered by a caesarean section surgery at a hospital in Pretoria on 7 June.

Doctors had reportedly initially told Sithole that she was pregnant with six babies. But they later found out that she is to give birth to eight babies. They realised that she was pregnant with 10 babies only after the surgery was done.

The South African woman and her husband Tsotetsi are already parents to six-year-old twins and Tsotetsi is currently unemployed. However, after the decuplets were born, he reportedly told journalists at local media outlet Pretoria News that he is “happy” and “emotional”.

Tsotetsi said: “It is seven boys and three girls. She was seven months and seven days pregnant. I am happy. I am emotional. I can’t talk much.”

Although the South African couple claims that the pregnancy was natural, extreme multiple births are often a result of fertility treatments. Such unusual multiple births usually take place when multiple fertilised embryos are inserted into the womb to be doubly sure of the woman getting pregnant.

The South African government says it has been unable to verify media reports that a South African woman had given birth to 10 babies.

Government spokesperson Phumla Williams said: “We need to verify this story and provide assistance where needed.” 

Williams said the government has noted media reports and social media posts alleging that a South African woman had given birth to 10 babies and in doing so, had reportedly broken the world record. “Government has been unable to verify the authenticity of this birth at our facilities,” said Williams.

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