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Fake News: Photo Does NOT Show Woman Who Had 11 Babies

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Thu, 07 Nov 2019 00:16:39 Z)

Does the photo below show a woman who had 11 babies? No, that's not true: a viral image combined two unrelated photographs, one showing a woman from Mexico who was operated for a huge tumor and the other showing eleven babies born in India on the same day but not from the same parents.

The combined image appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) where it was published on August 22, 2015 with a caption that read:

11 babies 1 boy and 10 girls

Screenshot of https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=949128348443419

This is the image in question:

tumorwomanbabies.jpg

The first image shows a woman in Mexico named Mercedes Talamantes who had a 60 kilo (132 pound) tumor removed:

Tumor de 60 quilos é retirado de mulher no México

Um tumor de 60 quilos e 200 gramas foi retirado de uma mulher no Cabo San Lucas, no Estado de Baixa Califórnia do Sul, no México. A cirurgia foi feita na semana passada no Hospital da Subzona de Medicina Familiar nº 26, do IMSS (Inst

The second image, as Snopes already pointed out in 2012, shows eleven babies born in the same hospital on the same day in India, November 11, 2011:

INDIA'S TEAM-11 ON 11-11-11...

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According to the Times of India the babies were the result of an I.V.F. procedure and they were all scheduled to be born on the special date:

11 IVF babies to be delivered on 11-11-11 in city | Surat News - Times of India

SURAT: A city-based In Vitro Fertilization ( IVF) centre will undertake operations on 11 would-be mothers to schedule the births of their babies on Friday, 11-11-11. About 30 women had conceived through IVF nine months ago at the 21st Century Hospital in the city.

Yet here we are, seven years later, and the images are still going viral with a wrong caption...

About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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