Internet forums were abuzz with the amazing feat of a woman giving birth to 11 children -- all at one go. The story was fuelled by this picture circulated on Indian blogs and with the said headline.
Blogs ran the picture stating that: hospital staff showing 11 babies born on unique date 11/11/11 in Surat. It was also rumored that 6 were twins. Doctors were really surprised, shocked and glad to have successful delivery.
No official news agency has been able to deny or confirm the news, but with calls for the Guiness Book of World Records to authenticate the births, unofficial 'sources' have offered more viable explanations.
The most plausible one doing the rounds of forums is that all the 11 babies are not from a single mother.
Though all the babies were born on 11/11/11 and hence 11 of them lined up for the picture, they all have different mothers.
One blog did take the trouble to suggest that given the current performance of India's cricket team, maybe this Surat hospital was already getting a new eleven ready.
Baby born on pavement in -4C
A 25-year-old woman in the UK gave birth to her son on a hospital pavement at -4C in the early hours of Sunday.
Lisa McNeil helped herself after desperate attempts at pressing the buzzer failed to alert nurses at the maternity ward of Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, Fife. Her mother held out a cardigan and wrapped the infant before he could hit his head on concrete, reported 'Mail Online'.
Lisa said the experience was "like a horror movie. I was in a lot of pain and bleeding. It was surreal...I don’t think anyone should be put through the humiliation of having to give birth on a pavement outside a hospital in front of strangers."
Her mother said: "It is scandalous and must never, ever happen again. I kept my hand on that buzzer for six minutes and shouted and screamed..."
Meanwhile, hospital authorities claim the call system used by the family was that of the assessment department and not the delivery suite. And that nurses were at "their help within two minutes of her arrival at the door".
However, phone and video evidence shows at least three minutes and 49 seconds between the first buzzer being pressed and help arriving, according to the report in 'Mail Online'.
But Lisa has no compplaints and did not blame the nurses for what happened. "It is not their fault that the buzzer is in the wrong place and they can’t hear it. Nurses were fantastic and apologitic..."
The baby weighed who weighed 8lb and 14oz at birth and the new mom are doing fine.
8-year old girl raped in busy Saudi mall
Saudi police arrested a Bangladeshi cleaner for raping an eight-year-old local girl at his store room inside a crowded shopping mall in the Gulf Kingdom.
The girl’s mother reported her daughter suddenly went missing and phoned the police and her husband, triggering an alert inside the mall in the southern town of Khamis Mushait, newspaper said on Monday.
“They finally found her in the store room lying in a pool of blood after the worker hit her on the head so he can rape her,” Sharq daily said.
It said the worker, who has just taken up his job, confessed to the crime.
Mum, daughter hit by car while crossing road
An Arab woman and her 17-year-old daughter were seriously injured when they were hit by a car as they tried to cross a street in Dibba Fujairah.
The two were in the middle of Alhikma road when they were knocked over by the vehicle on Saturday night, newspapers said.
Police said they were rushed to hospital in a serious condition but did not make clear if the driver was caught.