NEW YORK (VINnews) — A 37-year-old South African woman has reportedly given birth to ten babies in one birth, setting a Guinness world record just a month after a woman from Mali had delivered nine babies in Morocco, setting the previous known highest total of live children in one birth.
The IOL news site reported that Gosiame Thamara Sithole, a resident of Tembisa East in Johannesburg, had delivered seven boys and three girls by caesarean section at a Pretoria hospital in the 29th week of her pregnancy.
The woman’s husband, Teboho Tsotetsi, said his wife also had six-year-old twins. He added that he was happy and emotional about the news.
“It’s seven boys and three girls. She was seven months and seven days pregnant. I am happy. I am emotional. I can’t talk much. Let’s talk again in the morning please,” Tsotetsi told iHarare.com.
Reports earlier indicated that Sithole was expecting eight babies but two apparently missed the scan because they were tucked inside the wrong tube.
“I am shocked by my pregnancy. It was tough at the beginning. I was sick. It was hard for me. It’s still tough but I am used to it now. I don’t feel the pain anymore, but it’s still a bit tough. 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,” Sithole had previously told reporters. She also stressed that all of her children had been conceived naturally.