Woman who claims she gave birth to 10 babies admitted to psychiatric ward

A woman who claims she gave birth to 10 babies at once has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital ward.

Gosiame Thamara Sithole, 37, made headlines for the alleged record-breaking birth in South Africa

But there has been growing speculation over whether she was actually pregnant with the "decuplets"

The South African woman was taken to a psychiatric ward at Tembisa Hospital in Johannesburg and examined by a medical team, according to the country's Eyewitness News.

A source told the news site: "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."

Her attorney Refiloe Mokoena, claims she is "now being held against her will" at the hospital.

He told South African site IOL: "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.

"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 hospital visit was the latest turn in the strange saga — which has the reputed babies father Tobega Tsotetsi, calling the children’s existence into question.

New York Post reports: "He (Tebego) made several attempts to visit his girlfriend, but she has failed to disclose her whereabouts and the condition of her babies.

"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," they added.

Local health officials have also said they have no record of the decuplets being born at any of the region’s private and public facilities, Eyewitness News reported.

But several of Sithole’s relatives have maintained Sithole gave birth to the record-breaking brood.

The former world record holder Nady Suleman had eight children in 2009, and Halima Cisse, a Malian woman delivered nine children at a Moroccan hospital in May.

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