An unusually large family is about to get a little bigger, as are the government-issued benefits they receive.
According to the Daily Mail, a 32-year-old mother of 11 has posted images on social media suggesting that she and her husband may be expecting an additional child. Cheryl Prudham gave birth to twins in autumn, and the report suggests that she and her husband Rob may have become pregnant about a month after adding their 10th and 11th children to the family. Prudham’s children come from multiple fathers, but she has had five children with Rob.
“There could only have been about a month after she had the twins before she was pregnant again,” a friend of the couple told The Sun, “I don’t know if they’ll ever stop. They just keep on having more and more.”
Prudham’s Facebook post reads “Prudham baby #12,” and it’s accompanied by a picture of an ultrasound of a supposedly 12-week-old child. After attracting media attention the post was deleted and described by Prudham as a joke. It is unclear whether the couple is actually pregnant again.
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Having a child is obviously a significant financial undertaking, and the Prudhams receive government support in order to help with the costs associated with having such a large family. The UK couple allegedly receives £38,000 (roughly $58,000) in benefits each year, £12,000 (roughly $18,000) more than the standard cap on benefits. The extra income is issued because the couple both work caring for the elderly.
Sources: The Daily Mail, The Sun
Image Source: The Daily Mail