Guinness World Records was notified of Gosiame Thamara Sithole, a South African mother, had given birth to ten babies at the same time on Tuesday. They expressed their warm wishes and congratulations to the family.

“At the current time, we are yet to verify this as a record as the wellbeing of both the mother and babies is of top priority”, The records listing’s representative told the New York Post on Tuesday, June 8. “Our records team alongside a specialist consultant are looking into this.”

Despite expecting to have only eight children, Thamara Sithole, from Ekurhuleni, is said to have given birth to ten infants at once via Caesarean section at a Pretoria hospital on Monday, June 7, making her a rare “Octomom.” “It’s seven boys and three girls,” Sithole’s husband, Teboho Tsotetsi, told the Pretoria News.

Sithole, who already had six-year-old twins, claimed that her pregnancy was natural and she had not had fertility therapy, which has normally been connected to multiple-baby births.

Sithole’s 10-child birthing, if verified, would be the first recorded decuplet birth. Halima Cisse, who reportedly birthed to nine babies (nonuplets) in Malia last month, held the prior record.

During a photo session with her spouse last month, Sithole proudly showed her enormous pregnant tummy, when they were still waiting for octuplets (eight kids).

As the initial scans had only revealed six infants, octuplets had even come as a surprise, Sithole earlier told Pretoria News. “When the doctor told me, I took time to believe it,” she said about the apparently incorrect announcement that she was carrying octuplets.

When Tsotetsi, who is unemployed, learned of the pregnancy, he was totally astonished. “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” Tsotetsi said.

It was reported that Sithole had suffered a lot because of her leg aches and heartburn for eight weeks during her pregnant period.

Sithole’s situation was unusual and typically affected by fertility therapies, according to professor Dini Mawela, deputy director of the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University’s school of medicine in Gauteng Province, South Africa.

“Remember, when they do fertility treatment, they inject as many eggs as possible to increase the chances of conception because the assumption is that some of them would die. But they might all survive. So, I don’t know whether she conceived this naturally, which is possible, or whether this is a product of fertility treatment,” Mawela went on to say.

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