A South African man, Mr. Tebogo Tsotetsi husband to Gosiame Sithole, the woman who broke the Guinness Book Of Record by delivering decuplets (10 Babies) has expressed fear that the pregnancy might be a hoax.
Tsotetsi, who once expressed happiness following the news of his new babies said he has not set his eyes on the babies nor his wife since June 7, the last time he saw her before she went into labour and was rushed to hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, Pretoria News reports.
According to the publication, Sithole (the wife) allegedly gave birth to seven boys and three girls, after 29 weeks of pregnancy, despite no official evidence of their deliveries.
Ever since the news broke out, Tsotetsi could only communicate with his partner via Whatsapp and was quickly informed that he could not visit due to Covid restrictions.
In a fresh statement made on Tebego’s behalf by his family on Tuesday, it was confirmed he had not seen his partner or the decuplets since the birth.
“He (Tebego) made several attempts to visit his girlfriend, but she has failed to disclose her whereabouts and the condition of her babies.”
However, a missing person’s report has now been opened by the family as concern has grown over the legitimacy of the births.
But the statement concluded: “The current and uncertainties and public discourse about the decuplets is now of major concern to the family, especially in the absence of any proof of the decuplets existence other than telephonic and Whatsapp messages from the mother.
“The matter remains very sensitive and worrying, especially with Gosiame Sithole’s whereabouts unknown.”
It also urged people to stop donating money to both of them.
The birth had already been met with suspicions following the claims that the mother had set a new world record for the largest ever birth.
The mum who also has six-year-old twins, had previously told reporters that her pregnancy was natural as she was not on fertility treatment.
During an interview at their family home in Tembisa last month she said she was “shocked and fascinated” by the pregnancy.
She said she was in disbelief when the doctors told her she was expecting sextuplets – meaning six babies – before further scans revealed that it was in fact octuplets or eight babies.
“I didn’t believe it, I doubted it, I was convinced that if it was more, it would be twins or triplets, not more than that.
“When the doctor told me, I took time to believe it, even when I saw the scans I didn’t believe it.
Meanwhile, before Gosiame Sithole record-breaking 10 babies, Halima Cisse, 25, had set the record by giving birth to five girls and four boys (9 babies) in May.
Cisse, though, was expecting seven babies after medics missed two on the ultrasound.
According to local press reports, doctors had been concerned about Cisse’s health, as well as her babies’ chances of survival but all nine babies were doing great.