Family Says Woman Not Pregnant at All
Mar. 13, 1985
KITTERY, Maine (AP) _ A woman who received national publicity when she reported that she was expecting sextuplets despite her husband's vasectomy is not pregnant and is undergoing psychiatric care, her family said Wednesday.
Richard Perham, 33, of Kittery, said his wife, Kim, 27, has been admitted for observation to an institution he declined to name. She is ''very confused right now'' and is under psychiatric care, he told Foster's Daily Democrat of Dover, N.H.
Mrs. Perham, mother of 2-year-old twins, said last week she became pregnant after her husband had a vasectomy, and that an ultrasound test at Portsmouth (N.H.) Hospital on Feb. 28 had shown she was pregnant with two boys and four girls.
Mrs. Perham's pregnancy came under question Tuesday when doctors disputed key parts of her story.
Doctors at the hospital said they had no record of an ultrasound test given Mrs. Perham.
Dr. William Cusack of Dover, who the Perhams said was her obstetrician, said in a statement Wednesday that he had seen Mrs. Perham once in recent months, had not given her a pregnancy test, and that she was not under his care.
Perham's father, Donald Perham of Rye, N.H., told the newspaper his daughter-in-law had an ultrasound test performed recently to determine whether she was pregnant, but he said she ''has not been pregnant and is not pregnant now.''
Both Perhams said they did not know what prompted her story because she had no history of such incidents. Her husband said that when the story was publicized last week he ''had no idea'' that she wasn't pregnant and that apparently no one else knew either. She had gone alone to all her doctor's appointments.
An unidentified spokesman at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, where Mrs. Perham had said she expected to deliver the sextuplets by Caesarean section on July 28, told the Boston Globe the hospital had no record of her being transferred to the hospital.
Since reports about her pregnancy, Mrs. Perham has been featured on two national television news shows, and a local milk company had offered to donate one year's supply to the family.