A South African woman gave birth by cesarean section to ten babies last night, two more than the doctors had initially detected, at a Pretoria hospital, local media reported today.
The mother, who is called Gosiame Thamara Sithole and is 37 years old, he was 29 weeks -the moment when the eighth month of gestation starts-, according to her husband, Teboho Tsotetsi, told the South African media IOL. "There are seven boys and three girls, I was seven months and seven days pregnant. I am happy and excited," explained the father after the delivery, who already had two six-year-old twin children with his wife.
As stated by Sithole herself, that suffered pain in the legs since the eight weeks pregnancy in addition to heartburn, two of the babies could not be detected on initial scans because they were located "in the wrong duct."
Dr. Dini Mawela, deputy director of the School of Medicine of the University of Health Sciences of Sefako Makgatho, located in North Pretoria, assured that it is a very unusual situation and, normally, related to fertility treatments, although Sithole pointed out that this is not the case. "It is a quite unique situation. I do not know how often it happens. It carries an extremely high risk," said the doctor, for whom "the danger is that, as there is not enough space in the womb for babies, they will have the tendency to be small. "
"The children will come out small, with the chances of survival compromised. It all depends on how long they have been inside, "Mawela added.
With the arrival of ten newborns - who will spend the next few months in the incubator - this South African mother surpasses Halima Cisse, the Malian woman who gave birth to nine babies in Morocco, after being evacuated as a precaution to that country, at the beginning of May of this year. These births would break the record for the highest number of babies born and survived in the same birth, held since 2009 by the American Nadya Suleman, who gave birth to eight babies.