Did a Woman in India Give Birth to Eleven Babies at Once?
A false report of a woman who gave birth to eleven babies at once evidently surfaced in a 2012 Facebook post that has since been shared millions of times.
The post includes a photo that shows doctors posing with eleven newborn babies, and the caption:
Mumbai: An Indian woman gave birth to 11 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 gives 11 baby boys to one woman. 21st century record of 2012, if the report is true.
The photo actually shows eleven babies born to different mothers at an Indian hospital on a significant date: November 11, 2011, or 11/11/11. The hospital later posted more photos of babies here.
Reports that these babies were all born to the same mother have gone viral numerous times over the years. More than 2.2 million people have viewed one YouTube video that makes the claim.
In truth, the record number for multiple births to a mother at one time is nine.
Back in 1971, a woman in Sydney, Australia, birthed five boys and four girls. Sadly, two of the babies were stillborn, and the remaining seven babies died in the days that followed.