the couple say they conceived naturally.
Speaking to Pretoria News a month ago, Mrs. Sithole said her pregnancy was “tough at the beginning” and she had prayed for a healthy birth, with many a sleepless night worrying about what was to come.
“How would they fit in the womb? Would they survive?” she asked herself but was reassured by doctors that her womb was expanding.
When it was thought she was carrying eight fetuses, Sithole was suffering leg pains and doctors found that two of the eight “were in the wrong tube”.
“That was sorted and I have been okay since then. I can’t wait for my children,” she told the newspaper at the time.
Her husband also said he was over the moon, and felt like “one of God’s chosen children. It’s a miracle which I appreciate”.
The greatest officially recorded number of children born to one mother is 69, to the wife of Feodor Vassilyev (b. 1707–c.1782), a peasant from Shuya, Russia. In 27 confinements she gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets.