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Cheerier by the dozen – meet the family of 12 kids taking social media by storm

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The eldest children are 17 years old, the youngest is three and there are 12 of them in total. The Purnell brood, with mom Iris and dad Cordell, are a family of 14 who are making it work. (PHOTO: Supplied)
The eldest children are 17 years old, the youngest is three and there are 12 of them in total. The Purnell brood, with mom Iris and dad Cordell, are a family of 14 who are making it work. (PHOTO: Supplied)

Their eldest is nearing the end of his high school days and their youngest is a preschooler. That’s a big gap, but the toddler is no laatlammetjie – there are 10 siblings between them.

Iris Purnell has been pregnant for 16 years between 2004 and 2019. The 38-year-old went viral on TikTok recently when she shared this fact and how much she’ll miss having babies.

With 12 children in their house, you’d think Iris and her husband, Cordell Purnell, would be exhausted, but the couple are surprisingly refreshed as they talk to YOU on a video call from their California home.

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