A South African woman from Pretoria has reportedly given birth to 10 babies in what could potentially become a new world record.
The woman identified as Gosiame Thamara Sithole reportedly gave birth yesterday.
Her elated husband by name Teboho Tsotetsi while speaking to reporters after the birth stated that they were astonished by decuplets after scans only showed eight in the womb.
His words; ‘It’s seven boys and three girls. I am happy. I am emotional. I can’t talk much,’
One South African official confirmed the births to reporters, however, another said they were yet to see the babies.
A family member, who did not want to be identified, told the BBC that Ms. Sithole had had 10 babies – five via natural birth and 5 via caesarean section.
Guinness World Records has disclosed that it was currently investigating Ms. Sithole’s case.
A woman who had eight babies in the US in 2009 currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most children delivered at a single birth to survive.
Last month, 25-year-old Halima Cissé from Mali gave birth to nine babies, who are reportedly doing well at a clinic in Morocco.
Multiple births involving more than three babies are rare and often the result of fertility treatments – but in this case, the couple says they conceived naturally.
Ms. Sithole, 37, previously gave birth to twins, who are now six years old.
She is said to be in good health after delivering 29 weeks into her pregnancy in Pretoria on Monday evening.
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK