Duodecimom ? Tunisian Woman Expecting 12 Babies: Updated Fraud

From the UK Guardian, a Tunisian woman is due to give birth to 12 babies, which could be a world record.

UPDATED: This has turned out to be a complete fraud. Tunisian authorities did tests and the woman is not even pregant. She just has mental problems.

Octo is the prefix for eight as in octomom. Duodecim is the prefix for twelve.

There is still the issue of healthy delivery of all babies.

A primary benefit if there is a healthy and successful delivery of all babies is that the popular attention could shift Octomom to Duodecimom.

Successful Delivery of All Babies is Unlikely

Fertility experts warned of the high risks, however, with the possibility that the strain of carrying so many babies could lead to her going into labour after just 20 weeks, around halfway through a normal pregnancy and four weeks less than the UK’s legal limit for abortion.

“I don’t like to dampen her enthusiasm, but the chances are she will deliver at 20 weeks. I wouldn’t even give her a one in 100 chance of even one surviving. It’s frightening,” Peter Bowen-Simpkins, a fellow at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists told the Daily Mail.

The record for multiple pregnancies was set in 1996, when a 23-year-old Greek Cypriot woman was pregnant with 11 babies. But nine had to be aborted to save the lives of two.