We’ve learned a new word today – and it’s ‘decuplets’: Gosiame Thamara Sithole might just be a modern-day superwoman, after the Tembisa local, apparently, gave birth to TEN babies on Tuesday. But officials from the Guinness World Records are taking their time before making any declarations.

First-ever decuplets ‘allegedly birthed in Pretoria’

If verified, Sithole will have broken a world record in the process, by giving birth to the highest number of babies in one go. The accolade was only set last month, when a Malian woman delivered nine children. But her nonuplets, receiving treatment and care in Morocco, look like they have been upstaged by a 37-year-old from Tembisa.

The new father – ten times over, for that matter – the told the media that Gosiame had successfully delivered the first-ever recorded set of human decuplets. However, with so many medical protections in place for the mother and her brood, we’re yet to receive confirmation from the hospital, or any other medical authority.

Gauteng decuplets – is it a world record?

The babies will now live in incubators for the first few months of their lives, given that they are all part of a high-risk pregnancy. Doctors are now assessing the children, as well as the mother, before any ceremonial fanfare can kick in. Jessica Dawes, a Senior Publicist for Guinness World Records, confirmed that their officials are now reviewing the birth.

“We’re aware of the news that Sithole has given birth to decuplets. We send our congratulations and best wishes to the family. At the current time, we’re yet to verify this record, as the wellbeing of both the mother and babies is a top priority. Our team, alongside a specialist consultant, is looking into this and will provide any information as soon as possible.”

The miracle of life, ten-fold…

The incredible achievement has set tongues wagging across South Africa, and the quiet front from the maternity ward has created a vacuum of speculation. What we do know is that the couple were initially expecting octuplets, and had been prioritised for intensive treatment months before this fateful due date.

Well, look at it this way – if you’re having eight, you might as well have ten, right? We’re expecting more updates on this story throughout the week, and we hope to high heaven that the decuplets and their mother are in good health.

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Presh JM Reporter

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