South African gives birth to 10 babies. What is the world record?

A South African woman reportedly gave birth to 10 babies, setting a new world record, according to BBC News.

Gosiame Thamara Sithole and her husband Teboho Tsotetsi said they were surprised by the 10 children – decuplets – because ultrasound showed they had eight children.

“There are seven boys and three girls. I’m happy. I am emotional. I can’t talk a lot, ”Tsotetsi told Pretoria News.

Did a woman really give birth to 10 babies?

A South African official confirmed the births to BBC News.

  • However, another officer said they had not seen the babies yet.

A family member told BBC News that the couple had 10 babies – five by natural birth and five by caesarean section.

  • Phumla Williams, director general of Government Communication Information System, South Africa, said in a Twitter post that the births have yet to be confirmed.

According to The Indian Express, there has been some debate about whether or not the births were real. The Guinness World Records group plans to investigate the matter, reports BBC News.

What is the world record?

Nadya Suleman currently holds the record. Suleman, who is from the United States, gave birth to eight children – six boys and two girls – on January 26, 2009 in Bellflower, California, according to Guinness World Records.

However, a Mali woman gave birth to nine babies in May 2021, according to NPR. She probably would have broken the record if Sithole hadn’t given birth to her children. The Guinness World Records needs time to review the records.

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