Woman Who Claims She Gave Birth to 10 Babies Admitted to a Hospital for a Mental Health Assessment
The South African woman who claimed she gave birth to 10 babies was admitted to the Thembisa Hospital on Gauteng’s East Rand in Johannesburg for a mental health assessment.
Eyewitness News reported that Gosiame Sithole, who claimed to have given birth to 10 babies, was detained by medical officials under the South African Mental Healthcare Act, allowing authorities to hold a person for at least 72 hours for a psychiatric evaluation.
The New York Post reported that her attorney, Refiloe Mokoena, said she was held against her will. According to Mokoena, Sithole had declined the evaluation as she felt she was of a strong mind.
Mokoena accompanied Sithole to the hospital and claimed that on arrival at Tembisa Hospital, officials took her straight to the hospital's psychiatric ward and did not allow the psychologists and lawyers she requested to be present.
The evaluation comes after sources close to the investigation disclosed to the outlet that Sithole was examined by doctors for signs of pregnancy. However, the doctors found no evidence to suggest she had given birth two weeks ago.
The source revealed the medical examination found no evidence of a pregnancy and that "there are no physical scars to indicate a recent C-section." The evidence contradicts Sithole's outlandish claims.
When the story of the 10-baby birth first broke out, the 37-year-old said she gave birth to five of the babies vaginally, and the rest were born through a Caesarean section.
In the multiple Twitter videos, [Sithole] stated that her boyfriend, Tebogo Tsotetsi, had expected to get wealthy.
The mother of SA's alleged “Thembisa 10" decuplets, Gosiame Sithole, has accused the family of the children's dad of wanting to benefit financially from public donations after the birth. https://t.co/ki9EG4rvHZ— Times LIVE (@TimesLIVE) June 16, 2021
However, nine days after claiming she had given birth to decuplets, there was no evidence of the children. In fact, there was an overwhelming amount of evidence that contradicted her claims.
Firstly, the spokesperson, Tertia Kruger, of the Mediclinic Medforum Hospital in Pretoria, the hospital where Sithole claimed to deliver the babies, stated, "none of our facilities were involved in the obstetric care of this patient or her decuplets."
But the same Tsotetsi family released a statement last week confirming the existence of the decuplets, & saying they were okay. Today, they say no babies existed. Which is which? The two statements can't all be true. What happened to Gosiame's pregnancy? Are they disputing it? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/lesnP1NwP2— Mr Putin (@pietrampedi) June 15, 2021
Sithole also claimed the babies were moved to the Steve Biko Hospital after their birth. However, Dr. Mathabo Mathebula, the hospital CEO, did not indicate that the babies were treated at the hospital when he spoke to Radio 702.
Later, the Gauteng Government said in a statement after the matter was brought to their attention, an investigation was conducted, which found no evidence of such a birth happening at a hospital in the province.
Gosiamo #Sithole responds to the Tsotetsi family statement. She denies she's missing, and that did not deliver the babies. She says the was released after the Tsotetsis met some politicians. Says they are angry because they wanted to benefit financially from the public donations. pic.twitter.com/YCNs14ezYC— Mr Putin (@pietrampedi) June 15, 2021
The Eyewitness News report of Sithole's medical examination is the latest development in this ongoing saga. It comes shortly after South African Journalist Piet Rampedi shared videos of Sithole addressing the situation.
In the multiple Twitter videos, she stated that her boyfriend, Tebogo Tsotetsi, had expected to get wealthy from the story of their ten babies and that she was hurt that he and his family denied their existence.