JOHANNESBURG (AP) – South Africa has been gripped by the mystery of whether a woman, as it has been claimed, actually gave birth to 10 babies, in what would then be the world’s first recorded case of decouples.
Gosiame Thamara Sithole from Tembisa township near Johannesburg gave birth to the babies on Monday, according to the newspaper Pretoria News, which quoted the parents. The babies – seven boys and three girls – have not been publicly listed or caught on camera, even though they were born prematurely, the newspaper reported.
The South African government said it was still trying to verify the claim.
This led to South Africans obsessing over social media about whether the story of “Tembisa 1
The father, Teboho Tsotetsi, told the paper that his wife had given birth at a hospital in the capital Pretoria. He said it was a big surprise for the parents after doctors only discovered eight babies in prenatal scans.
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“There are seven boys and three girls. She was seven months and seven days pregnant. I’m happy. I’m emotional, ”the newspaper quoted Tsotetsi as saying.
The couple already have 6-year-old twins, which would make the total number to one than a dozen children if the claim is true.
South Africans are eagerly awaiting proof of what would be the world record. Relatives and neighbors of the couple have insisted the news is true.
“For her receiving 10 blessings at a time, we thank God for that,” Wilson Machaya, a neighbor of the Tembisa family, told the Associated Press. “And because we are neighbors, we have to help in every way possible.”
A Malian woman gave birth to nine babies just last month in Morocco, in what was hailed as the world’s first case of non-spots.
The Department of Social Development of South Africa’s Gauteng province confirmed the tracking of Sithole, and spokeswoman Feziwe Ndwayana said they would make a statement after meeting with the family. Another local authority said earlier this week that it had no record of baby births at any of the province’s hospitals.
Pretoria News originally broke the story with an interview with Sithole and her husband Tsotetsi in their home, which was conducted almost a month ago, and when they thought they had eight babies. They requested that the story be made public only after the babies were born for safety and cultural reasons, the newspaper said.
According to the report, Sithole went on leave earlier than expected from her job as store manager because she could no longer handle it. Tsotetsi is unemployed.
One organization has donated $ 70,000 to the couple to help, and other South Africans are encouraged to donate.
Next to # Tembisa10, the term #NationalBabyShower has been trending on Twitter.
AP journalist Nqobile Ntshangase contributed.