South African woman who claimed she gave birth to 10 babies at once has been admitted into a psychiatric ward.
Gosiame Thamara Sithole, 37 went viral after news broke that she’d given birth to decuplets. However, her sanity is now being questioned after medical officials started questioning if she actually did give birth to that amount of children, according to The New York Post.
The news outlet reports the woman was taken and evaluated by a medical team at Tembisa Hospital in Johannesburg last week. “The medical evaluation has shown that there was no pregnancy. It also shows that there are no physical scars to indicate a recent C-section,” a source told the outlet.
The woman’s attorney Refiloe Mokoena said she is “now being held against her will” at the hospital. “She declined that she should be taken to the Tembisa Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation because she felt strongly that she is of sound mind,” Mokoena told South African site IOL.
“She then instructed me to accompany her to the Tembisa Hospital. And when we arrived at the hospital, they took her straight to ward 14, the psychiatric ward. They told me that now she was in their custody, they would not be allowing the lawyers and the team of psychologists that she had requested to be present,” Mokoena added.
The outlet says it was the father who questioned the existence of the children. “He (Tebego) made several attempts to visit his girlfriend, but she has failed to disclose her whereabouts and the condition of her babies,” a statement from his family said.
“The family has resolved and concluded that there are no decuplets born between Tebogo Tsotetsi and Gosiame Sithole until proven otherwise and wishes to apologize for any inconvenience and embarrassment,” they added.