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The news of a Woman giving birth to 17 babies in a single delivery is fake


Update (20 January 2023):
Another post sharing an image claims that a woman in Mexico is pregnant with 13 babies. However, as explained below, the image is a morphed one and the original version of the photo can be found on ‘deviantart.com’ website. The news about a Mexican women being pregnant with 13 babies is reported by a few media outlets in June 2022, but there are no further reports to confirm if a woman in Mexico indeed deliver 13 babies

A Facebook post with the pictures of a pregnant woman and a person with many kids has gone viral in the past few days. In the post it is alleged – “Catherine Bridge holds the World Record for the most babies in a lone pregnancy by giving birth to 17 babies. Catherine Bridge gave birth to 17 beautiful and identical boys.Catherine and her husband choose the names for the boys with an obvious continuity of thought: James, Jacob, Jarod, Jarvis, Jason, Jeffrey, Jeremy, Jerome, Jesse, Jimmy, Joachim, Jonathan, Jonas, Joseph, Julian, Jimbo and surprisingly, Darth.What will you do if such blessing of 17 boys comes your way?”.  Let’s try to check the veracity of the claims made in the post

The archived version of the post can be seen here.

Claim: An American woman, Catherine Bridge has set a world record by giving birth to 17 babies in a single delivery   

Fact: The news that Catherine Bridge has given birth to 17 children in a single delivery was published by an American ‘satirical’ website “World News Daily Report”. Hence, the claims made in the post is FALSE.    

When Googled about information regarding the above claim, it was found that such news was first published by an American satirical website “World News Daily Report (WNDR)”.

Later on, “Women Daily Magazine” has clarified in an article that, ‘a woman giving birth to 17 children in a single delivery’ is a fictional article written by WNDR.

A few netizens are enclosing two more photos in addition to the one in the article of WNDR (babies in blue dress) and are spreading this misinformation.

When the image of the pregnant woman was searched through TinEye Reverse Image Search technique, it was found that the photo is a photoshopped one. In ‘deviantart.com’, the source image and the edited image were found.

When the image of a person holding babies was searched using Google Reverse Image search technique, it was found in an article of “Huff Post’. Based on the article, the man holding the babies was American Obstetrician ‘Dr. Robert Biter’.

As per the Guinness World Records, the most number of babies born in a lone delivery is eight. To summarise, the news of a woman giving birth to 17 babies in a lone delivery is fake

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