Gosiame Thamara Sithole claims to have given birth to ten babies at once and her story has went viral.
Her story caused much controversy as authorities discovered the truth of the situation.
In June 2021 news site Pretoria News shared the news about the Gossamer delivering her babies at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in South Africa.
Apparently Gossamer and her partner Teboho, were shocked when informed by doctors that she was expecting eight babies. Other news outlets also shared this incredible story.
Pretoria News referred to this story as the ‘Tembisa 10’ as nobody considered there her story could be made up.
Sithole spoke with Pretoria News prior to the delivery of her babies and said: “I am shocked by my pregnancy. It was tough at the beginning. I was sick. It was hard for me. It’s still tough but I am used to it now. I don’t feel the pain anymore, but it’s still a bit tough. 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.”
Authorities decided to investigate things further as many people were sceptical about her story especially since the couple were receiving donations. Investigations proved that no hospital had records of such a birth.
What’s most, authorities claimed that Sithole wasn’t even pregnant in the first place.
“It has now been established by medical practitioners that Ms. Sithole did not give birth to any babies in recent times,” the Gauteng Provincial Government said.
“It has also been established that she was not pregnant in recent times.”
One would have to wonder why someone would lie about the number of babies they were pregnant with? The author of the original article stood by what he wrote as he believed the story was truthful.
“Instead of being a cause for celebration however, it has resulted in an orchestrated campaign to discredit the story, the mother of the decuplets Ms Sithole, the Pretoria News’ editor, Piet Rampedi, as well as Independent Media and its chairperson, Dr Iqbal Survé, with claims that the story is ‘fake news’. It is not and we stand by our story,” Independent Media said.
Authorities have threatened to pursue legal actions against the journalist Piet who broke the news and was a close friend to Sithole and her husband. Piet confessed he saw Sithole with a huge bump and he only learned she had 10 babies after she texted him and told him that.
“Even though I stand by the fact that Sithole was pregnant, some aspects of the story could have been dealt with differently. Could I have handled the story much better? Definitely! Especially the verification process. Quite honestly, I never treated the decuplets story as an investigation at all. I used no investigative tool or checklist,” Piet wrote, according to News24.
He believed they had no reason to lie to him so he went on and published the incredible story.