The Guinness World Record title for giving birth to multiple babies at once had been previously held by Malian Halima Cisse, who gave birth to nine of her children at once, in Morocco, last month. Currently, however, that title is in the talks of being handed over to a South African mother, Gosiame Thamara Sithole, for supposedly giving birth to ten babies from the same pregnancy.
Sithole told New York Post that, initially, she was expecting eight babies from this pregnancy. But when she gave birth on Monday, to everyone's surprise, the number of babies had increased with the addition of two more.
"It's seven boys and three girls. She was seven months and seven days pregnant. I am happy. I am emotional," her husband, Teboho Tsotetsi, told the Pretoria News.
The mother of now 12 children, from Gauteng, confirmed that these babies were conceived naturally and denied undergoing any fertility treatments, reports NDTV.
"I am shocked by my pregnancy," Sithole had told Pretoria News last month when she still believed she was about to have octuplets. "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 time to believe it," Sithole said.
She revealed how had had experienced anxiety and felt anxious throughout the whole pregnancy about the health and safety of her unborn children. "How would they fit in the womb? Would they survive? What if they came out conjoined at the head, in the stomachs or hands?" she said. "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."
A representative for the Guinness World record told the New York Post that their team is currently looking into the matter. Once this news has been confirmed, Gosiame Thamara Sithole will be declared as the first woman to give birth to decuplets.
"Guinness World Records is aware of the news that Gosiame Thamara Sithole has given birth to decuplets, and we send our congratulations and best wishes to the family," a spokesperson for the records listing said on Tuesday. "At the current time, we are yet to verify this as a record as the wellbeing of both the mother and babies is of top priority."
"Our records team alongside a specialist consultant are looking into this," the spokesperson said.