Ns News Online Desk: The South African woman who claims she gave birth to 10 babies has reportedly hit back at the father, who expressed concern that the entire thing was a hoax — insisting the decuplets are real but she fears his family is using her for financial gain.
Dad Teboga Tsotetsi had earlier this week asked people to stop donating money to Gosiame Thamara Sithole because he had not yet met his alleged children a week after their supposed births.
Tsotetsi said the last time he saw Sithole was June 7, just before she was rushed to a hospital in Pretoria, where she claimed to have given birth to seven boys and three girls, the Sun reported, citing Pretoria News.
“She was seven months and seven days pregnant. I am happy. I am emotional. I can’t talk much,” he said at the time, when he was informed he could not visit her due to COVID-19 restrictions.
But on Tuesday, Tsotetsi’s family released a statement saying he had “concluded” that the babies don’t exist.
“He (Tebego) made several attempts to visit his girlfriend, but she has failed to disclose her whereabouts and the condition of her babies,” the statement said, according to the Sun.
Gosiame Thamara Sithole and Tebogo Tsotetsi “The family has resolved and concluded that there are no decuplets born between Tebogo Tsotetsi and Gosiame Sithole, until proven otherwise and wishes to apologize for any inconvenience and embarrassment,” it added.Now, Sithole has lashed back at Tsotetsi, telling South African reporter Piet Rampedi at an undisclosed location that she was “blindsided” by his accusations and claiming his family was the main reason she has been elusive since the births.
Sithole called her partner’s family “bitter” and claimed they wanted to use her and the babies for financial gain and insisted that she will not disclose their whereabouts until she is ready.
“I feel that they never loved me and I was forcing myself on them,” she told Rampedi, according to the Sun.
Several family relatives have maintained that Sithole did indeed recently give birth to 10 children — overtaking former world record holder “Octomom” Nadya Suleman, who gave birth to eight children in 2009, and Halima Cisse, a Malian woman who gave birth to nine children at a Moroccan hospital in May.
However, no doctors have been able to verify the fact, nor have any photos surfaced of the South African newborns.
Pretoria News purportedly has all the details of the delivery but is holding publication due to “cultural and religious reasons.”
Professor Dini Mawela of Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University said the decuplet case was rare and usually caused by fertility treatments.“It’s quite a unique situation. I don’t know how often it happens. It’s extremely high-risk (pregnancy),” he said, the Sun reported.
“The danger is that, because there is not enough space in the womb for the children, the tendency is that they will be small,” Mawela said. “What would happen is that they would take them out pre-term because there is a risk if they keep them longer in there. The babies will come out small, chances of survival compromised. But all this depends on how long she carried them for.”