A South African woman gave birth by cesarean section to ten babies last night, two more than doctors had initially detected, at a Pretoria hospital, local media reported today.
The mother, who is called Gosiame Thamara Sithole and she is 37 years old, she was 29 weeks old – the time when the eighth month of pregnancy begins – according to her husband, Teboho Tsotetsi, to the South African media IOL.
“There are seven boys and three girls, She was seven months and seven days pregnant. I am happy and excited”, explained the father after the delivery, who already had with his wife two six-year-old twin children.
As stated by the Sithole, who suffered leg pain from eight weeks of 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 Sefako Makgatho University of Health Sciences School of Medicine, located in North Pretoria, said that this is a very unusual situation and usually related to fertility treatments, if Well Sithole pointed out that this is not your case.
“It is quite a unique situation. I don’t 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 tend 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 to that country as a precaution 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.
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