It sounds untrue, appearing like a click bait, but 37-year-old Gosiame Thamara Sithole, a South African woman has given birth to 10 babies at once.
This sets a new world record topping Halima Cisse — a Malian woman who gave birth to nonuplets in Morocco in May.
A caesarian operation was carried out on Sithole to give birth to 3 girls and 7 boys successfully. As a matter of fact, what could have turned out to be octuplets became decuplets.
Initially, Sithole and her husband were expecting 8 babies after she was first scanned. But somehow, 2 amazing babies were playing hide-and-seek and missed out while in 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 said.
With a successful delivery, she is now the first Guinness Record-holder woman for the most children birthed at once.
Some people still find this unbelievable saying it is unnatural. But her husband cleared the air saying his wife wasn’t even on any fertility treatment of sorts. She gave birth 29 weeks into her pregnancy naturally. It is rare for a human but certainly not unnatural.
This isn’t the first time Sithole is giving birth to more than a baby at once. The couple have been raising 6-year-old twins before she made her way into the Guinness book of record.
Before Gosiame Thamara Sithole, Halima Cisse held the record for the most children birthed by one woman at once, and before her there was Octomom, Nadya Suleman, who gave birth to octuplets 12 years ago.
As the world continues to change, and life on Earth continues to evolve, change remains constant with us 🙂
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.