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Listen carefully, as there will be a worldwide collective gasp as the news gets out that a Mexican woman, Karla Vanessa Perez, is set to give birth to nontuplets next month. Yes, that means nine babies!
Perez managed to stay out of the spotlight for most of her pregnancy, but her due date is May 20, and the cat is out of the bag, so let the media frenzy begin. Perez has already been dubbed “NuevaMom” by the press and is sure to receive a wide variety of attention – and most likely criticism – from people.
To state the obvious, the Perez nontuplets resulted from fertility treatments. If all goes well – and we are certainly hoping it will for the sake of those poor babies – this will be the largest multiple birth in recorded history. Perez is currently gestating six girls and three boys.
The news first broke on Mexico’s news station Notimex. The news station quoted Perez saying, “It's very early to think of names for the babies ... first I hope that everything goes well."
The comparison of Perez to Nadya Suleman – AKA Octomom – are inevitable. Suleman earned her nickname in January of 2009, when she gave birth to 8 babies at the same time. Unbelievable as it may be, that wasn’t even a record. Suleman was the second person in the U.S. to give birth to eight live children at the same time.
Although the public usually goes gaga over multiples, Suleman took it too far and received far more criticism than support from the public. What primarily added to the public’s disapproval of Suleman was the fact that she was a single mother who already had six children prior to the octuplets, she was unemployed, and she was already receiving public assistance. Although Suleman very publically denied ever being on public assistance, or that she would need it, she is currently eating crow and is on welfare.
With all sensational news come controversy and rumors, and Perez is no different. Already, TMZ has reported that she may be a complete fake and not pregnant at all – let alone with nine babies.
TMZ reported that Univision claims it has information suggesting Perez is not even pregnant, after a Mexican doctor who performed an ultrasound on Perez spoke with a reporter and said Perez’s uterus was “empty.” This doctor supposedly told a reporter that she is working on finding who told Perez she was pregnant in the first place.
Although it is certainly a strange story – true or not – we’re hoping it proves to be false for the sake of the (hypothetical?) children involved.