Was Gosiame Sithole Really Pregnant?
The story of the South African woman, Gosiame Sithole who gave birth to 10 babies, pictured in May by Pretoria, and earned Guinness recognition is currently being disputed if it was actually true.
This one question everyone is asking.
The story turned out to be controversial after an official inquiry. Despite her testimony:
“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,”
The whole story may have been fabricated. According to the provincial government, there’s no single hospital in Gauteng that has a record of decuplets being born.
And also the recent medical tests show that Gosiame Sithole wasn’t pregnant. She is now being held under the mental health act for observation and will be provided with support.
However, Independent Online (IOL), the media group which owns the Pretoria News that first reported the story, are saying otherwise. They boldly countered the government saying the 37-year-old was in fact pregnant. The media accused the hospital and the provincial health authorities for trying to cover up medical negligence.
Regardless, the government is taking legal action against the editor-in-chief of Pretoria News, Piet Rampedi, and IOL.
By Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.