A South African woman claims to have given birth to 10 babies, breaking the world record for the most children delivered at a single birth to survive.
Gosiame Thamara Sithole said she gave birth to the decuplets – two more than doctors had detected in scans - at a hospital in Pretoria on July 7.
The 37-year-old reportedly welcomed seven boys and three girls by a Cesarean section 29 weeks into her pregnancy.
However, South Africa’s Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) says they have not yet been able to verify the unusual birth.
Gosiame's husband Teboho Tsotetsi told local media he was happy and excited. The couple already have six-year-old twins.
South African woman originally expecting sextuplets
Gosiame said doctors had initially told her she was expecting six children before later scans incorrectly revised the figure up to eight.
According to the mum, who is a retail store manager, the decuplets were conceived naturally, which is rare in cases of large numbers of children.
Earlier in the year, she had revealed her pregnancy was initially tough and she had been sick and experienced leg pain and heartburn.
She had also expressed worry that her unborn children would not survive the pregnancy.
A 10-baby pregnancy is extremely rare and high-risk, according to Dr Dini Mawela, deputy director at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University.
The newborns will spend a few months in incubators before being able to go home.
World record holder Malian woman Halima Cisse gave birth to nonuplets in Morocco in May this year after Mali's government flew her there for specialist care.
With AAP and Australscope
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