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The partner of a woman who claimed to have given birth to a record-breaking 10 babies has stated that he doesn't believe they exist.
Gosiame Thamara Sithole, 37, claimed to give birth to decuplets at a private hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, last Monday (7 June).
The apparent birth was believed to have broken the record held by Halima Cisse of Mali, who gave birth to nine babies at a hospital in Morocco in May.
However, Tebogo Tsotetsi - the supposed father of Gosiame's 10 babies - has revealed he's been unable to verify that they exist.
According to Eyewitness News, a statement issued on Tebogo's behalf yesterday (Tuesday 15 June) read: "Tebogo confirmed that he has not seen the decuplets and relied on his girlfriend who called to inform him of their birth. He made several attempts to visit his girlfriend and the babies but she has failed to disclose her whereabouts and the condition of their babies.
"The current uncertainties and public discourse about the decuplets is 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 family has resolved and concluded that there are no decuplets born between Tebogo Tsotetsi and Gosiame Sithole, until proven otherwise and wishes to apologise for any inconvenience and embarrassment."
Mediclinic Medforum Hospital in Pretoria - where Gosiame told Tebogo she gave birth - has since confirmed that it did not treat her.
Tertia Kruger, a spokesperson for Mediclinic hospital group, told TimesLIVE: "We can confirm that none of our facilities were involved in the obstetric care of this patient or her decuplets."
Tebogo's statement went on to urge members of the public to stop making donations to the family until Gosiame has been found and their existence has been verified.
It read: "We call on members of the public to stop donating money into any bank accounts for the decuplets.
"We appreciate the public interests and support for the decuplets, and with no proof of their existence we firmly believe it's in the interests of everyone to conclude that they do not exist, until proven otherwise.
"We will now shift our attention to finding Gosiame Sithole whilst praying for her safe return."
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