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Mexican woman pregnant with 9 babies, report says

A Mexican woman is pregnant with nine babies – six girls and three boys – the country’s main broadcaster Televisa reported on Thursday night.

The woman was identified as Karla Vanessa Perez of the northeastern state of Coahuila, which borders Texas. She is currently being treated at a hospital in the state capital Saltillo, the broadcaster said in the report.

Perez, whose age was not given, had fertility treatment leading to the multiple pregnancy, it said.

State-owned news agency Notimex also reported the pregnancy, saying Perez was due to give birth on May 20.

“It’s very early to think of names for the babies,” Perez told Notimex. “First I hope that everything goes well.”

The successful delivery of nonuplets would be one of the highest multiple births ever recorded. In 2009, Nadya Suleman gave birth to eight babies, six boys and two girls. At the time they were called the longest surviving set of octuplets in US history. In 2011, the fertility doctor who implanted Suleman with 12 embryos had his license revoked.

Fertility doctors performing in vitro fertilization have been urged to limit the number of embryos they implant to one or two, in order to reduce the risk of preterm birth and increase infant survival. Recent research found that babies conceived through fertility treatments are more likely to have a birth defect than babies born without technological intervention.

Reuters contributed to this report

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