August 18, 2009
Woman Claims To Be Pregnant With 12 Babies
A woman in Tunisia is claiming to be pregnant with 12 babies, according to French and British media.
Initial reports state that the anonymous woman is said to be ignoring medical advice and will attempt to have all six boys and six girls. She has refused to see a doctor for an ultrasound.
A birth of 12 children would set a new world record for multiple births, previously set by Nadya Suleman, of California, who gave birth to eight children just seven months ago.
"The woman could have been receiving ovulation induction treatment, which stimulates egg production. You don't have the same control as with IVF," Dr. Mark Hamilton, of the British Fertility Society, told Fox News.
However, a Health Ministry official in Tunisia told the Associated Press on Tuesday that the woman's claim was highly unlikely to be true.
Doctors reported that the woman has said she is "feeling fine and looking forward to hugging her six boys and six girls."
The father of the unborn children, "Marwan" said: "In the beginning, we thought that my wife would give birth to twins, but more fetuses were discovered. Our joy increased with the growing number."