The story of a 37-year-old woman who allegedly gave birth to 10 babies, seven boys and three girls, has led to public appeals from the South African government for data about the mother and her children after it failed to find medical records at hospitals, both public and private.

The 37-year-old woman will most likely get her name listed in the Guinness Book of Records for delivering the most number of babies at once. The image of Gosiame Thamara Sithole with an over-expanded stomach went viral like wildfire on social media and led to the coining of the term ‘decuplets’.

However, the babies have not made a public appearance yet, prompting conjecture that the claim made by the parents may be fake. The South African government, meanwhile, has still not been able to verify how many babies the 37-year-old from the Tembisa Township near Johannesburgactually delivered.

According to the media houses, the department of social development in the Gauteng province said they have traced Sithole and spokesperson Feziwe Ndwayana said they would make an announcement after meeting with the family. The press also reported that another local government department said earlier this week that it had no record of the babies’ births in any of the province’s hospitals.

Sithole’s news comes just a month after a Malian woman gave birth to nine babies in Morocco, the first case of nonuplets. Pretoria News newspaper stated citing her husband Teboho Tsotetsi that Sithole gave birth at a hospital in Pretoria. The newspaper further reported that all the babies were born prematurely.

Well, multiple births connecting more than three babies are rare. But in this case the couple conceived it naturally.


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