A South African woman named Gosiame Thamara Sithole has reportedly given birth to 10 babies which could be a new world record.
Earlier, on May 5, Halima Sisi, a woman from the African country of Mali, gave birth to 9 babies, including five boys and four girls.
At the time, it was thought that if all of Halima’s children survived for a few months, she would be able to set a new record and become the first woman in the world to have 9 healthy babies.
But it now appears that the record could go to a South African woman who, according to media reports, gave birth to 10 babies.
According to the BBC, the husband of Gosiame Thamara Sithole told the South African media that he was stunned at the birth of 10 children as only eight were confirmed by the scans.
“7 sons and 3 daughters have been born, I am very happy and emotional and can’t talk much,” he said.
One South African official confirmed the births to the BBC, but another said nothing could be said for sure.
The Guinness Book of World Records says it is investigating.
Nadia Suleiman, an American woman, currently holds the record for the highest number of births in the Guinness Book of World Records. She gave birth to 8 children in 2009 and all of them survived.
Births of more than 3 children are usually very rare and are often the result of fertility treatments, but the South African couple says they did not receive any treatment and the pregnancy came naturally.
Gosiame Thamara Sithole, 37, has previously given birth to twins, who are now six years old.
She said that through operation she gave birth to 10 babies in the 29th week of pregnancy in the South African city of Pretoria on June 7 and that they were now in good condition.
Speaking to local media a month before the birth of the babies, she said that she had difficulties at the beginning of the pregnancy, but prayed for a healthy birth of the babies, while on many sleepless nights, she wondered what was going to happen next.
“How did they fit into the womb? Will they survive?”
But the doctors assured her that everything would be fine.
At the time, it was thought she would give birth to eight children, during which she suffered leg pain and doctors discovered that two of the eight were in the wrong place.
“Everything was fine then and since I am fine, I can’t wait any longer for my children,” she said.
“I feel like these are God’s chosen children, a charisma I appreciate,” said her husband.