SA woman who gave birth to 10 babies seeks help after coming out

SA woman who gave birth to 10 babies seeks help after coming out Gosiame Thamara Sithole



A Gauteng woman who gave birth to 10 babies – breaking the Guinness record – has appealed for help to boost the decuplets, saying she can’t afford the financial and emotional demands. Gosiame Thamara Sithole, 37, gave birth to her decuplets at a hospital in Pretoria on Monday night, breaking a record held by Malian Halima Cissé, who gave birth to nine children (nonuplets) in Morocco last month. Her seven boys and three girls were two quite the eight children that doctors had earlier detected during the medical scans. In an exclusive interview with the Pretoria News at her family range in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni, the mercantile establishment manager said she won’t be ready to return to figure thanks to her new situation. The Pretoria News spoke to Sithole and her husband Tebogo Tsotetsi last month, but publication of the story was delayed thanks to the couple’s concerns for safety and cultural reasons. They requested that the interview be published after the birth of the youngsters. Sithole, who already has twins, said she had exhausted her savings after taking unpaid leave two months into her pregnancy earlier this year. “I was sick. I left my job early and decided to remain reception because I couldn’t cope. I realised i used to be battling and decided to quit before expected because my body couldn’t take it anymore. i made a decision to remain reception until I started feeling better,” Sithole said. She ruled out going back to figure, saying her salary wouldn’t even cover the prices of the helpers she would need to employ to require care of her bundles of joy. Her immediate needs included clothes, baby formula, diapers and accommodation for the decuplets. “I appeal to the general public to assist me in whatever way they will. Anybody who has anything i might appreciate it. i’m counting on my mother-in-law now. She is old, lives on her adulthood pension and has grandchildren.

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i will be able to also need people that can volunteer to assist me raise the youngsters – helpers,” Sithole added. The unemployed father, Tsotetsi, said his wife delivered the decuplets – both naturally and by cesarean delivery – 29 weeks into her pregnancy on Monday night. Tsotetsi said his wife was still in hospital. “It’s seven boys and three girls. She was seven months and 7 days pregnant. i’m happy. i’m emotional. I can’t talk much. Let’s talk again within the morning please,” Tsotetsi said. However, when the Pretoria News contacted him again yesterday, Tsotetsi referred further enquiries to family spokesperson Makgoshi Maponyane, who he said that they had appointed to handle media enquiries and co-ordinate public donations on the couple’s behalf. Maponyane, the founding father of NLP and life coaching company Facade Estilo, said members of the general public who wished to assist Sithole were liberal to drop off items at printing concern Lesedi 7 Group offices at 143 Johannesburg Road, Lyndhurst. “Anybody wishing to help can contact me on [email protected] or 076 917 7347. those that wish to form cash donations can make them on to the family under the subsequent details: Ms GT Sithole, Absa, account number 9354679538 or Mr Tsotetsi, Capitec, account number 1488629054,” said Maponyane. Lesedi 7 chief executive Lesedi Mapheto said Gauteng residents who need transport to maneuver items to the Sithole and Tsotetsi families should contact his office for free of charge collection within the province. Independent Media chief operating officer Takudzwa Hove said members of the general public were also liberal to drop off items at the company’s offices in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, and Durban. This included the Pretoria News offices within the Pretoria CBD. Sithole has broken the record of the foremost children born at an equivalent birth, previously held by Cissé, who delivered nonuplets last month. Before Cissé, the record holder of the foremost children delivered at one birth – and that they survived – was reportedly American Nadya Suleman, who gave birth to eight children in 2009. Her octuplets were conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF). Deputy head of the varsity of drugs at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) Professor Dini Mawela said Sithole’s quite pregnancy was rare and typically caused by fertility treatments. the youngsters will spend subsequent months in incubators because it had been a “high-risk” pregnancy, she added. “It’s a singular situation,” Mawela said. -Pretoria News