Two photos, one of a woman with a bloated belly and other of a man with 17 babies surrounding him is viral with a alse claim that a woman gave birth to 17 children at once.
A Facebook user named ‘Sube Singh Poriya’ shared the image with the text on it – “Catherine Bridge has holds the world record by giving birth to 17 babies. All of them boys!”.
This misinformation has been doing the rounds on social media since 2014.
The fictional story of Catherine Bridge giving birth to 17 boys was published in an article dated January 20, 2014, by World News Daily Report, a satirical website.
The disclaimer page of World News Daily Report mentions that, “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.”
Photoshopped Image Of Woman
BOOM performed a reverse image search using Yandex, a Russian search engine and found that the photo of the pregnant woman with a swollen belly was photoshopped.
BOOM could not verify the identity of the woman in the original photo.
The second image of the man in the photo is United States based obstetrician and gynecologist Robert M Biter.
This image has been picked up from his Facebook cover photo
The same photo of Dr Biter was published in a 2017 contributoryarticle in The Huffington Post.
As of writing this piece the current holder for the most number of children delivered at a single birth is Nadya Suleman, when she gave birth to eight children – six boys and two girls in California, US on 26 January 2009.