A Facebook post with more than 21,000 shares purports to show images of a woman who gave birth to eleven babies. The claim uses two misleading images as evidence – one showing the famous American “Octomom” who gave birth to eight babies in 2009, and the other showing eleven babies born on the same day in India, to different mothers.
The claim from March 12, 2018, originally posted on Facebook on a Nigeria-based page, is now gaining traction in Kenya. The post urges Facebook users to type “God is great” and share the post quickly to receive their blessings.
A reverse search of the image showing medical staff alongside a row of 11 newborns reveals several articles about a woman giving birth to 11 babies, dating back as far as 2012.
A screenshot taken on April 10, 2019 of the misleading Facebook post by Babies Are Adorable
We looked at the background of the image for further clues. The group are pictured in front of a poster which reads, “Test Tube Baby Centre Surat”.
A more specific Google reverse image search of the same photo with the search term “test tube babies Surat” returns several articles debunking claims that a woman had given birth to 11 babies in the city of Surat in western India.
In fact, the image was taken after the delivery of 11 babies on November 11, 2011 in Surat at an In Vitro Fertilization (I.V.F) center. Thirty women ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇᴅ nine months earlier at the same center. However, 11 of the couples wanted their babies born on the special 11/11/11 date and scheduled operations for the delivery, as reported by the Times of India.
After the birth, the I.V.F center posted the photos on the blog it was running at the time.
As for the second image, portraying a heavily pregnant woman from the front and from the side, it shows an American woman named Nadya Suleman, also known as Natalie Suleman. Suleman was dubbed “Octomom” by the media in 2009 after she gave birth to eight babies, also through I.V.F ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ. She already had six children when she fell pregnant with the octuplets.
Multiple births are a highly uncommon occurrence, and when they do, the odds of the infants surviving are quite slim. If something similar occurred, it would undoubtedly be covered by news organizations. There are a few of these nonuplets (9 children born at once). However there are no records of any 11 children born simultaneously. Therefore, the myth about an Indian mother having 11 children at once is a hoax, largely intended to deceive people.