Gosiame Thamara Sithole is being called decumom (or decamom) after she allegedly gave birth to ten babies at once, breaking the world record set last month. The 37-year-old South African mother already has a set of twins and was originally told by doctors that she was carrying eight more babies.
That would have been rare enough, but when it came time to pop them out, decumom had ten healthy babies, according to reports. Doctors were forced to perform a Caesarean section at Pretoria hospital on Monday, taking out an astounding ten babies from Gosiame Thamara Sithole, now known by her new title – “decumom.”
Sithole is going to give a whole new meaning to the word supermom, especially with 12 children in tow. Her husband, Teboho Tsotetsi, said he was shocked by the news. “It’s seven boys and three girls” he explained to Pretoria News. His wife was “seven months and seven days pregnant” with a record-breaking 10 children.
Tsotetsi continued, saying “I am happy. I am emotional. I can’t talk much. Let’s talk again in the morning please.” The overwhelmed father is allegedly welcoming 10 babies into the world, which means 10-times the diaper changes, 10-times the sleepless nights, and of course, 10-times the baby fever!
When talking about her massive pregnancy, Gosiame Thamara Sithole claimed that it was completely natural. All 10 babies were conceived naturally and without fertility treatments, a common factor in other multi-baby births. If confirmed, Sithole will hold the first official title of “decumom,” and the world’s first decuplets.
The previous world record was held by Halima Cisse, who gave birth to nine babies at once, called nonuplets. The birth occurred only a month ago in Malia, and the mother was originally expecting only seven.
According to a spokesperson for Guinness World Records, the company “is aware of the news that Gosiame Thamara Sithole has given birth to decuplets, and we send our congratulations and best wishes to the family.” It’s likely the record holder will get her picture taken, though it might be hard to smile with 10 babies crying in her lap.
Still, the decumom’s birth story isn’t verified by Guinness World Records. The spokesperson explained that “at the current time, we are yet to verify this as a record as the wellbeing of both the mother and babies is of top priority.” They continued, saying “our records team alongside a specialist consultant are looking into this.”
If it is confirmed “Decumom” Gosiame Thamara Sithole is going to make history and will certainly be a lesson in birth control. During the pregnancy, Sithole needed two crutches to help her stand, and her baby bump was massive.
Initial scans only showed six babies hiding within, but doctors later re-evaluated, claiming eight babies would be born. No one was expecting another two babies.
“When the doctor told me, I took time to believe it,” Sithole admitted when she first heard she was expecting octuplets. “Even when I saw the scans I didn’t believe it. But, as time went by, I realized it was indeed true. I battled to sleep at night though.”
Though it was hard to understand, Sithole coped with the news. “God made a miracle and my children stayed in the womb without any complications,” she said at the time, describing her pregnancy. “I just pray for God to help me deliver all my children in a healthy condition, and for me and my children to come out alive. I would be pleased about it.”
Not only did they come out alive, they seemingly multiplied. Now that they’re born, decumon (or decamom) will have to figure out the best way to care for their ten babies.