Hoax: Woman Gives Birth to 11 Babies

A graphic circulating online allegedly shows a set of 11 babies born to the same mother. Is this real or fake?

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It’s a hoax.

The photo is real in that it shows 11 babies born on the same day, but they were born to 11 different mothers.

Let’s take a look at the claim circulating online:

STRANGE !!! WOMAN Gives BIRTH To 11 Baby Boys At ONCE
An Indian Woman gave birth to eleven 11 kids baby boys few days ago. Resources have been told that few of them were test tubes babies but it really seems strange at once. It was also rumored that 6 were twins. Doctors were really surprised, shocked and glad to have successful delivery. Well it’s a blessing of God who give 11 baby boys to one woman. 21st century record of 2012 year.

11 babies

The photo can be traced back to an article by The Times of India entited, “11 IVF babies to be delivered on 11-11-11 in city” from 2011. The articles stated:

The operations will be performed by Dr Purnima Nadkarni and Dr Pooja Nadkarni and their team of doctors at the hospital from 6 am. All the 11 women who conceived through IVF have waited a long time for this moment. The eldest woman is 43-year-old, who insisted that she wanted to deliver her baby on the special date.

Dr Pooja told TOI, “We started preparing for the operations on Friday. It is going to be a hectic day for us as we have not performed these many operations in a single day.”

She said the 11 angels, who will arrive in this world on Friday, will give hope to innumerable couples in the diamond city and across the country that infertility is not an incurable problem.

Multiple Births

There have been no recorded cases of 11 babies born at once to the same mother. The highest multiple births recorded have been nine, and in both cases all of the babies died soon after birth.

Bottom Line

The photo allegedly showing a record 11 babies born to one mother is false. It merely depicts 11 babies born at the same hospital on the same day.

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3 Comments on Hoax: Woman Gives Birth to 11 Babies

  1. Sometimes I wonder how obvious a hoax has to be before it loses its ability to go viral. If this article said the women gave birth to 22 babies (with photoshopped “evidence”), would THAT have turned on enough “nonsense detectors” to stop the virus spreading?

    Meanwhile, I have several funny cat cartoons on my blog and nobody passes ‘em around. Internet virality is deeply puzzling.

  2. jessica berton // November 1, 2013 at 9:16 am // Reply

    it said boys right why are they in pink

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