A Mexican woman is pregnant with nine babies, less than a year after giving birth to triplets.
Karla Vanessa Perez, 32, is expecting six girls and three boys, and doctors believe she became pregnant just two weeks after the birth of her two daughters, Casandra, Daniela, and her son, Bernardo, via C-section last November, the country’s main broadcaster Televisa reported.
Perez is also said to have a four-year-old boy called Braulio, and all of her four children as well as the nine that she is carrying was reported to be conceived naturally, according to The Sun.
Perez, from the northeastern state of Coahuila, which borders Texas, is currently being cared for in a hospital in Saltillo, and state governors have provided her a specialist doctor to help with her pregnancy, the Mexican broadcaster reported.
Mayor Ernesto Valdes of Perez’s hometown has also promised to help the future mother of 13 with hospital fees and the cost of incubators for her soon to be expected newborns.
State-owned news agency Notimex reported Perez as saying that she was due to give birth on May 20 via C-section, but her doctors told her that she must try to hold on for a month longer so that the babies can grow stronger and not have to spend so much time in the incubators.
“It's very early to think of names for the babies,” Perez told Notimex. “First I hope that everything goes well.”
The Daily Mail reports that the successful delivery of nonuplets would make medical history as being “one of the highest multiple births ever recorded.”
In June 1971, Australian Geraldine Brodrick gave birth to a set of nonuplets, but none of the four boys and five girls had survived.
In March 1999, Malaysian Zurina Mat Saad gave birth to five boys and four girls, and none of them survived for more than six hours.
In January 2009, Nadya Suleman, 36, from California, gave birth to octuplets, which sparked media attention from all around the world.
Suleman, who had undergone IVF, gave birth to six boys and two girls, and they have gone on to become the longest-living octuplets in history.