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Pretoria - A Gauteng woman has given birth to 10 babies, breaking the Guinness World Record held by Malian Halima Cissé who gave birth to nine children in Morocco last month. Gosiame Thamara Sithole, 37, gave birth to her decuplets – two more than doctors had earlier detected during the medical scans – at a hospital in Pretoria last night, said her partner Teboho Tsotetsi.
Halima Cissé gave birth to the nonuplets in Morocco. Mali's government flew her there for specialist care. "I'm very happy," her husband told the BBC. "My wife and the babies [five girls and four boys] are doing well." A woman who had eight babies in the US in 2009 holds the Guinness World Record for the most children delivered at a single birth to survive. Two sets of nonuplets have previously been recorded - one born to a woman in Australia in 1971 and another to a woman in Malaysia in 1999 - but none of the babies survived more than a few days.
originally posted by: Asktheanimals
Certainly explains some of the demographics of South Africa. From 12 million to over 50 in just 25 years is pretty astonishing.
Seems like the public health services lost all 10 premature babies
South African Woman Says She Had 10 Babies At Once, But Her Husband Is Skeptical
The family has already gotten an outpouring of support from the public. But now, Gosiame's husband, Teboho Tsotetsi, is asking that the public refrain from donating until both he and they have gotten the chance to see the babies in person.
He wasn't with his wife when the children were born because of COVID-19 restrictions. There are conflicting reports as to what hospital the children were born in and where they are currently being treated. It's believed five were born naturally and the rest were delivered via C-section.
Gosiame hasn't been in contact with anyone since the birth, reportedly for religious and cultural reasons. As a result, no one has been able to verify the birth....
Teboho doesn't want the public to feel defrauded. That's why he's asking that despite the outpouring of generosity, including donations, that the public stop until they get the chance to see the children, who are continuing to be cared for after the premature birth.
Members of Teboho's family are concerned about what is happening. They opened a missing person's case as they don't know Gosiame's whereabouts and don't understand why she isn't being forthcoming with situation. They add that her twins, who are staying with Teboho's mother, are also concerned and miss their mother.
Pretoria - Teboho Tsotetsi, the decuplets father whose wife Gosiame Sithole has failed to disclose her whereabouts and the condition of their babies, has called on members of the public to stop donating money into both their bank accounts until she returns home.
In a police statement on Saturday - in support of a missing person inquiry - Tsotetsi told the police he was concerned about Sithole’s whereabouts and her safety since she told him he was not allowed to see his decuplets due to Covid-19 regulations.
Tsotetsi said he had seen his heavily pregnant wife for the last time on Sunday night when he accompanied her to the Esangweni Clinic in Tembisa, after she complained about labour pains.
Almost a week after Sithole repeatedly failed to tell him where she was, Tsotetsi said he gave the police a statement in support of their inquiry on Saturday.
The inquiry came after Tsotetsi’s family members opened a missing person case at the Tembisa South police station on Thursday.
“On June 8 2021at 00:02am, I received a WhatsApp message from my girlfriend: Gosiame Thamara Sithole, informing me that she has given birth to 10 babies. At 00:30am she informed me that they were at the Medforum Hospital. She then informed me that no physical visits are allowed at the hospital. I subsequently insisted that, as a father, I would like to come to the hospital to see our newly born children,” Tsotetsi’s statement said.
He said that on Friday, Sithole informed him that, at her request, Mediclinic Medforum Hospital had moved her to the lodge facilities of the Steve Biko Academic Hospital (SBAH) a day earlier.
“Having requested her to forward me the physical address of the lodge, she forwarded the location being: Tshwane District Hospital, Dr Savage Road, Pretoria. On Friday, June 11, at 16:24, out of concern for their whereabouts, I sent her a WhatsApp message reading as follows:" Hi baby, like I said, I went to seek the lawyer's help for being harassed by the police. They say they are investigating a case of a missing person because your whereabouts are unknown. I am currently with her*[the Lawyer], and have explained to her that I don't know where you and the babies are, but that I had an arrangement to meet today but couldn't because we had to see the lawyer for our safety. She has advised me that I should not go and see you as I had been tracked by the police, and If they get hold of me I will be arrested as I am a suspect now because I am the last person to see you. I really needed to see you but my priority is our safety. Please forward me your picture and the pictures of our babies. At 17:03, she sent me the following location of her whereabouts: "Tshwane District Hospital, Dr Savage Road, Pretoria.”