by Cassandra R. Elias
In the News: Woman Fabricated Nontuplet Pregnancy
No sooner were we preparing to go to "press" with news of this mom's nontuplet pregnancy, our story took another strange turn.
In an effort to get attention from London to her hometown in Mexico, Karla Vanessa Perez of Coahuila claimed to be pregnant with nine babies a year after just having triplets. However, her 15 minutes of fame were up rather quickly.
Mexico's main broadcaster, Televisa, reported Thursday night that Karla Vanessa Perez was pregnant with six girls and three boys. She said that she had fertility treatments with her husband, leading to the multiple pregnancy and that she was being treated at a hospital in Saltillo.
A successful delivery of nontuplets would be one of the highest multiple births ever recorded. Further, a state owned news agency also reported that Perez was due on May 20th, adding more credence to the story.
Perez said, "It's very early to think of names for the babies. First I hope that everything goes well."
The story was picked up worldwide, including by MSNBC. Now that's attention, right? But it was not that powerhouse who got the truth. Reporters from the Mexican newspaper, El Diario de Ciahuila investigated and found out about the charade.
Why did she do it? Could it be that she saw the attention OctoMom has been receiving and wanted the same or more? Perhaps she is envious of the attention the Duggars produce? Maybe she was hoping for money from tabloids? Whatever the reason, it was a bold deception.
Seriously, did she not think she would eventually get caught? Depending on her motives, she may not really understand why she did it herself.
Oh, the part about Perez having triplets? Also untrue. She does have children, however, ages 15, 12 and 4.
As for the fertility treatment, unfortunately that's also a lie. It's a sure bet fertility treatments wouldn't have worked anyway, given that she had a tubal ligation after her four-year-old was born.
Jose Salvador Gallegos Mata of the Mexican Society of Gynecology and Urology told the newspaper that someone who would make such false claims "needs to urgently say 'I'm here. Please look at me, I exist.' That woman needs urgent psychological treatment."
We hope she's receiving the treatment she needs and that her existing children are not affected too badly by all that is going on.
Why do you think she did this? Have you ever known someone who faked something for attention? How about a pregnancy?