Stories of a Mexican woman who was reportedly pregnant with nine babies have turned out to be a hoax.
Karla Vanessa Perez, who lives in the state of Coahuila near the Texas border, was rumbled by a local newspaper. Reporters with El Diario de Coahuila investigated her claim, and found her to be telling porkies. How many babies is she actually having then? Er, none. Perez was never actually pregnant.
Still, the rush to find the next Octomom meant several TV stations in Mexico – not to mention U.S. outlets such as MSNBC – had already frantically aired interviews with Perez.
Previously, the Mexican mother-of-three had happily informed reporters she was expecting six girls and three boys, and her presence in a local hospital in the state capital of Saltillo added credibility to her story. A local news report claimed she had received fertility treatment to become pregnant. At the time, Perez told news agency Notimex:
“It’s very early to think of names for the babies…First I hope that everything goes well.”
However, it may have been her own mother who blew Perez’s cover. Francisca Castañeda confirmed to investigating reporters that her daughter already has three children, and had then undergone an operation to prevent her from getting pregnant again.
Following that, a reporter with Mexican TV network Telemundo contacted the office of Mexico’s secretary of health, which confirmed Perez was not pregnant.
What motivated Perez to fabricate her pregnancy isn’t exactly known yet, but at least Octomom Nadya Suleman can breathe a sigh of relief. When told about Perez’s supposed pregnancy, Suleman told TMZ:
“No one will ever take my Octo title, I’m in the Guinness Book Of World Records!”
Because having multiple births is totally a competition.