Fake-News Report Claims US Mother Gave Birth to 17 Babies at Once

Outline:
Supposed news report that is commonly shared via social media claims that a woman in the United States has given birth to 17 babies at once thereby setting a new world record.




Brief Analysis:
The claims in the report are utter nonsense and the image is photoshopped. The story is regularly republished on various websites,  as a means of attracting site visitors and promoting the offending site to a larger audience. However, the story was originally published by the notorious fake-news website World News Daily Report back in January 2014.

Example:
Mother gives birth to 17 Babies at Once in USA! An Indianapolis mother gave birth to seventeen babies over 29 hours and overtook the last world record!Fake News Mother Gives Birth to 17 Babies





Detailed Analysis:
According to a supposed news report that is commonly shared via social media, a woman in the United States has given birth to 17 babies at once thereby setting a new world record.

The report claims that the woman, one Catherine Bridges from Indianapolis, gave birth to the babies over a period of 29 hours.  Supposedly,  Catherine and her husband ‘decided to try medical assistance from a Rhodes Island fertility clinic’. The report features an image that supposedly depicts all 17 babies in a room with their exhausted mum.

But, not surprisingly, the claims in the report are utter nonsense and the image is photoshopped. The story is regularly republished on various websites, presumably as a means of attracting site visitors and promoting the offending site to a larger audience. However, the story was originally published by the notorious fake-news website World News Daily Report (WNDR) back in January 2014. All later versions of the story are derived from this original – and completely fictional –  WNDR article.

WNDR owns up to the fictional nature of its content via the following disclaimer:

WNDR assumes however all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people –  are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle. 

However, this disclaimer is buried beneath the site’s About Us menu and does not appear on the pages where the fake reports are published.  And, the reports are presented in typical news format. Thus, many people are fooled into believing that the site’s content is genuine and are apt to share it via social media.

For the record,  the highest number of babies born to one mother at one time is nine (Nonuplets). In 1971, a woman in Australia gave birth to 9 babies, but none of the babies lived more than six days. Then, in 1999, a woman in Malaysia also gave birth to 9 babies, but all died within 6 hours of birth.

This is not the only false message about a supposed multiple birth that has circulated in recent years. An unrelated hoax that has been passed around via email and social media since late 2011 falsely claims that a woman in India (or Indiana) gave birth to 11 babies.




Last updated: September 29, 2016
First published: February 5, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
USA: MOTHER GIVES BIRTH TO 17 BABIES AT ONCE!
Wikipedia – Multiple Births
WNDR Disclaimer
Hoax – Indian Woman Gives Birth to Eleven Babies at Once