The father of recently born South African decuplets, Tebogo Tsotetsi, has said the babies will be shown to the public in due season.
He made the remarks amid scepticism on social media on whether the babies existed or not. He assured South Africans that the babies do exist but said the matter was sensitive because the babies were born prematurely. He said:
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_It is a very unique situation. They are premature, they are still incubated. Very small as you can think – 10 children in one womb that normally carries one baby._
_They are very small, so the sensitivity that goes into that, even the doctors, they don’t want to risk that._
_People will see the babies at the right time._
Tsotetsi said that as a family they also want to give doctors space and privacy to provide the babies with the care they need.
Pretoria News editor Piet Rampedi explained that even though he had been in touch with the couple since late last year, it was important to keep the story under wraps due to concerns for safety as well as cultural and religious reasons.
Tsotetsi said his wife, Sithole was recovering well in hospital after giving birth on Monday night breaking the Guinness World Record held by Malian Halima Cissé who gave birth to nine children in Morocco last month.
He said she has been in pain but started walking by herself on Wednesday adding that she gave birth to five babies naturally and then had the other five by caesarian.
Six doctors, including two gynaecologists, and two nurses helped the family deliver the babies.
Independent Media chairperson, Dr Iqbal Survé congratulated the family and pledged to donate at least R1 million to the family, to be paid over a period of four years.
Survé encouraged South Africans who want to be part of the support system for the family to contribute and said that they will assist the family in setting up a trust.