A South African woman claims to have given birth to ten children in the world’s largest live birth, if confirmed by doctors.
Gosiame Thamara Sithole, 37, who is already a mother of twins, gave birth to seven boys and three girls by caesarean section late Monday in a Pretoria hospital, her husband said.
Tebogo Tsotetsi, who is currently unemployed, told journalists about the birth of the Decuplets late Monday evening and said he was “happy” and “emotional”.
Sithole had previously claimed pregnancy was “natural,” but such extreme births are almost always the result of fertility treatments – with multiple fertilized embryos inserted into the uterus to increase the patient’s likelihood of becoming pregnant.
It comes just a month after a Malian woman – Halima Cisse – gave birth to nine children in a hospital in Morocco, in another case believed to have been caused by fertility treatment.
Gosiame Thamara Sithole, 37, claims to have given birth to ten children in the world’s largest live birth, if confirmed by doctors
The birth of the decuplet was revealed late Monday by Sithole’s husband Tebogo Tsotetsi (right), who claimed she gave birth to seven boys and three girls
MailOnline was unable to independently verify the birth because the name of the hospital where it took place was not disclosed.
A fertility doctor who had previously commented on the case was contacted for review but had not responded at the time of publication.
Meanwhile, the South African government has said it has not yet found any records of the birth.
According to Eye Witness News, the director general of the government’s communications division Phumla Williams asked the public and tagged IOL in a tweet with a request for more information.
“We need to review this story and provide help if necessary.”
The mayor of Ekurhuleni, Mzwandile Masina, also said that they tried to find out the whereabouts of the family to no avail.
Tsotetsi was the first to reveal the birth to local broadcaster Pretoria News, with the news subsequently being picked up by other major international broadcasters.
Speaking to the newspaper last night, Tsotetsi said, “There are seven boys and three girls. She was seven months and seven days pregnant.
‘I’m happy. I am emotional. I can’t talk much. ‘
In an interview with the same newspaper before the birth, Sithole, who is a branch manager, said that doctors first told her that she was pregnant with six children.
But that was increased to eight after a later scan. The other two babies were only discovered during an operation.
Sithole said she had suffered from the complicated pregnancy and experienced early morning sickness, followed by pain in her leg.
Meanwhile, Tsotetsi announced that he could not believe his wife, who is pregnant with six children, because he considered it medically impossible.
“But after finding out these things were happening and seeing my wife’s medical record, I was excited. I can’t wait to have her in my arms, ”he said at the time.
The condition of the children after birth was not clarified by Pretoria News, which was the first to report the case.
Children with such extreme multiple pregnancies are almost always born underweight and can often be malnourished because the mother’s body struggles to supply so many infants with nutrients.
Cases of infant mortality are not uncommon even after major multiple births.
Sithole’s case comes just a month after Halima Cisse of Mali gave birth to the world’s first living nonuplets in Morocco.
The 25-year-old Cisse from Timbuktu was admitted to a hospital in the Malian capital Bamako in March for observation before he was flown to Morocco after an intervention by the president to be treated in a special hospital.
Halima Cisse (right) and husband Kader Arby (left) welcomed five girls and four boys on May 4th after a pregnancy believed to be the result of fertility treatments
More than a month after their birth (pictured) after their premature birth and malnutrition, Cisse’s children are still being cared for in a specialist hospital in Morocco
The children – five girls and four boys – were then delivered by caesarean section on May 4th by a team of 10 doctors and 25 nurses, in a complicated operation in which Cisse nearly died of blood loss.
Doctors later found that the babies were born significantly underweight and had “defects in everything” but are now in stable condition.
Last week, the children in Morocco were looked after around the clock, doctors said their weight had increased significantly.
However, the medics said they must remain under observation for at least six weeks before they can consider sending her home.
It is believed that Cisse stayed around after returning from intensive care where she was recovering from a ruptured artery during childbirth.
Ms. Cisse’s pregnancy was only the third reported case of nonuplets in history.
The first recorded case of non-uplets occurred in Sydney in the 1970s, although unfortunately, according to The Independent, none of the babies survived.
In March 1999, a number of non-uplets were born to a woman named Zurina Mat Saad in Malaysia, but none of them survived more than six hours.
In January 2009, Nadya Suleman – called Octomum – gave birth to eightlings, including six boys and two girls, in a California hospital.
All survived the birth and recently celebrated their 12th birthday.
Ms. Suleman is still the official world record holder for the largest live birth.
The babies were the result of IVF treatment and were nine weeks early to be delivered by caesarean section.
HOW CAN A WOMAN GIVE TEN BABIES?
Women who have multiple children are not uncommon, with cases of twins and triplets occurring relatively often without scientific intervention.
However, higher-order multiple pregnancies – from four children – are inherently extremely rare and almost always occur as a result of fertility treatment.
This is because such treatment – which includes IVF – is expensive and the chances of success are relatively low.
This leads some unscrupulous medical professionals to implant large numbers of fertilized eggs in a woman’s womb to further increase the chances of them developing.
In rare cases, however, multiple embryos – or all of them – develop into fetuses, leading to extreme cases of multiple pregnancies.
Halima Cisse (25) from Timbuktu spent two weeks in the hospital in the Malian capital Bamako before she was flown to Morocco in March to be born by caesarean section in a special hospital. Pictured: Ms. Cisse arrives in Morocco
In theory, there is no limit to the number of children a woman can carry at the same time, although the risks to the health of the mother and baby increase with each additional child.
Women with extreme multiple pregnancies are more likely to develop anemia – a lack of iron in the blood, which can damage the immune system and worsen other complications.
Cases of preeclampsia – a condition that can cause severe headaches and potentially fatal seizures – and gestational diabetes – high blood sugar linked to postnatal depression – also increase in such cases.
Babies born from high-level multiple pregnancies are almost always given prematurely and tend to be both underweight and malnourished.
Cases of infant mortality in the days and weeks after birth are also not uncommon.
Nadya Suleman or “Octomom” made headlines in the US on January 26, 2009 when she gave birth to six boys and two girls in California.
The largest group of babies born at one time and survived infancy is eight – born in 2009 to “Octomum” Natalie Suleman in California.
Ms. Suleman, who already had six children through IVF, had 12 embryos left. Her doctor implanted them all in her uterus at the same time.
Her case sparked a heated debate over IVF regulation, with the fertility specialist performing the procedure being stripped of his medical license.
Nine children were born to Halima Cisse – a Malian woman – in a hospital in Morocco last month, where they are constantly cared for.
While all five girls and four boys are “doing well” and gaining weight, doctors say it will be at least six weeks before they can consider sending them home.
Cisse is also recovering from a ruptured artery that she suffered during childbirth that nearly bleed her to death.