A South African woman has reportedly given birth to 10 babies in what would be a new world record.
Gosiame Thamara Sithole’s husband says they were amazed at decoupages after scans showed only eight in the womb.
“It’s seven boys and three girls. I’m happy. I’m emotional. I can ‘t talk much,” her husband Teboho Tsotetsi told Pretoria News after the birth.
A South African official confirmed the birth to the BBC, but another said they were not yet to see the babies.
Guinness World Records told the BBC they were investigating Mrs Sithole’s case.
A woman who had eight babies in the United States in 2009 currently holds the Guinness World Record for most children delivered by a single birth to survive.
Last month, 25-year-old Halima Cissé from Mali gave birth to nine babies who are said to be doing well at a clinic in Morocco.
Most pregnancies involving a large number of babies end prematurely, says BBC Africa̵
Multiple births involving more than three babies are rare and often the result of fertility treatments – but in this case, the couple says they became pregnant naturally.
Prayers and sleepless nights
Mrs Sithole, 37, gave birth to twins who are now six years old.
She is said to be in good health after delivering by caesarean section 29 weeks before the pregnancy in Pretoria on Monday night.
Speaking to Pretoria News a month ago, Mrs Sithole said her pregnancy was “tough in the beginning” and that she had asked for a healthy birth where many sleepless evenings worried about what was to come.
“How would they fit in the womb? Would they survive?” she asked herself, but was assured by doctors that her uterus was expanding.
When it was thought she was carrying eight fetuses, Sithole suffered pain in her legs and doctors found that two of the eight “were in the wrong tube”.
“It was fixed and it has been okay since then. I can not wait for my children,” she told the newspaper at the time.
Her husband also said he was over the moon and felt “one of God’s chosen children. It is a miracle that I appreciate”.
Only two sets of nonuplets had previously been recorded – but none of the babies survived more than a few days.
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