A 37-year-old woman named Gosiame Thamara Sithole gave birth to 10 children, 7 boys, and 3 girls.
Sithole, who works as a manager at a retail store, said she had not received In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and was shocked when doctors told her she was carrying 10 children.
Sithole said, “My pregnancy shocked me. It was hard at the beginning. It’s still tough, but I guess I got used to it. I just pray that God will help me raise all my children in good health. I couldn’t believe it when the doctors first said it. I thought I would have twins or triplets, but I didn’t anticipate this much. I couldn’t even believe it when I saw the X-ray images.” she said.
Sithole said that 6 babies were seen in the first ultrasound and then the doctors saw 8 babies in the next check-ups and 10 babies in the next one.
Sithole’s now unemployed husband, Tsotetsi, said: “I couldn’t believe it. I felt like one of God’s chosen children. It’s a miracle that so many people out there wanted children, but it’s a miracle he gave us such a thing. I did research on whether a person could actually conceive eight children. “I knew about twins, triplets, and even quadruplets, but I didn’t know anything like that. But after seeing my wife’s medical records, I was even more excited. I can’t wait to have my kids in my arms.”
Professor Dini Mawela, vice-president of Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University School of Medicine, said such cases are rare and are usually due to fertility treatments. And stated that these pregnancies are high-risk and that babies can carry life-threatening risks in the womb and after birth.
Moroccan Malian Halima Cissé, who gave birth to nine children a month before Sithole, also entered the Guinness Book of Records. Before that, the ‘record’ was held by Nadya Suleman from the USA, who gave birth to 7 children.