A South African woman has reportedly broken a world record by giving birth to 10 babies, the world’s first Decuplets! According to Pretoria News, Gosiame Thamara Sithole (37) gave birth to the children in a Pretoria hospital last night.
A new record had been set just a month ago, in Morocco, where a 25-year-old woman (Halima Cissé) from Mali gave birth to nine babies (nonuplets).
In both cases, the women each gave birth to two more babies than doctors had detected during their medical scans.
This isn’t the first time 10 babies have been conceived. In December 2013 a woman in India gave birth to (miscarried) 10 babies at the same time, but sadly none survived. They were only 12 weeks old.
Gosiame’s elated husband Teboho Tsotetsi told Pretoria News last night: “It’s seven boys and three girls. She was seven months and seven days pregnant (29 weeks). I am happy. I am emotional. I can’t talk much. Let’s talk again in the morning please.”
Gosiame – a retail store manager who lives in Tembisa Township in Ekurhuleni – already has twins, aged six, and apparently used no fertility treatment!
During her pregnancy, after discovering she may give birth to octuplets, she revealed: “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.”
She couldn’t sleep worrying about the babies. “How would they fit in the womb? Would they survive? What if they came out conjoined at the head, in the stomachs or hands? Like, what would happen? I asked myself all these questions until the doctor assured me that my womb was starting to expand inside. God made a miracle and my children stayed in the womb without any complications,” she said.
Her husband, who is currently unemployed, said: “I could not believe it. I felt like one of God’s chosen children. I felt blessed to be given these kinds of blessings when many people out there need children. It’s a miracle which I appreciate. I had to go do my own research on whether a person could really conceive eight children. It was a new thing. I knew about twins, triplets and even quadruplets. But after I found out that these things do happen, and saw my wife’s medical records, I got even more excited. I can’t wait to have them in my arms.”
The babies are likely to be kept in an incubator for the next few months.
In 2009, Nadya Suleman made international headlines when she gave birth in 2009, in the US to eight babies (octuplets) who survived.
Prior to that, South Africa’s famous Rosenkowitz Sextuplets were the first known set of six babies to survive infancy after they were born on 11 January 1974.
What are 10 babies born at the same time called? Decuplets.
Multiple births are referred to as: twins (2), triplets (3), quadruplets (4), quintuplets (5), sextuplets (6), septuplets (7), octuplets (8), nonuplets (9)… and decuplets for 10 babies born at the same time.
Super Twins (or Superfetation) refers to when twins are fertilised at separate times, days or weeks apart. This is also extremely rare with only 14 documented cases in the world. The most recent Super Twins were born in the UK this year, after being conceived three weeks apart.