EaglesPath reports that a woman from Gauteng in South Africa, Gosiame Sithole has given birth to decuplets (10 babies) through a caesarean section in Pretoria.
Sithole has broken the Guinness World Record which was previously held by Malian Cissé, who gave birth to nine children (nonuplets) in Morocco.
The 37-year-old retail store manager had six-year-old twins before her new birth.
Doctors during Sithole pregnancy scans told her to expect eight but she had seven boys and three girls at 29 weeks into her pregnancy.
She said, “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 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. 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 the 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.
“How would they fit in the womb? Would they survive? What if they came out conjoined at the head, in the stomachs or hands? Like, what would happen? I asked myself all these questions until the doctor assured me that my womb was starting to expand inside. God made a miracle and my children stayed in the womb without any complications.”
The decuplets father in amazement said, “I could not believe it. I felt like one of God’s chosen children. I felt blessed to be given these kinds of blessings when many people out there need children. It’s a miracle which I appreciate. I had to do my research on whether a person could conceive eight children. It was a new thing. I knew about twins, triplets, and even quadruplets.
Tsotetsi added, “But after I found out that these things do happen and saw my wife’s medical records, I got even more excited. I can’t wait to have them in my arms.”
The Deputy Head of the School of Medicine at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University Dini Mawela, a professor, said Sithole’s case was rare and usually caused by fertility treatments.
Mawela said, “It’s quite a unique situation. I don’t know how often it happens. It’s extremely high risk (pregnancy). It’s a highly 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 take them out pre-term because there is a risk if they keep them longer in there. The babies will come out small, chances of survival compromised. But all this depends on how long she carried them for…
“Remember, when they do fertility treatment, they inject as many eggs as possible to increase the chances of conception because the assumption is that some of them would die. But they might all survive. So, I don’t know whether she conceived this naturally, which is possible, or whether this is a product of fertility treatment.”