A 25-year-old Malian woman has given birth to nine babies this week and all of them are doing fine. Notably, the woman delivered two more babies than the doctors had detected in ultrasounds while she was pregnant. The preterm babies weigh about 1-2 pounds each and will be kept in incubators for 2 or 3 months.
5 girls, 4 boys
Halima Cisse gave birth to the nonuplets—five girls and four boys—in Morocco. The Mali government flew her to Morocco for specialist care. “I am very happy. My wife and the babies are doing well,” her husband, Adjudant Kader Arby was quoted as saying by the BBC.
A team of 10 doctors and 25 paramedics assisted with the cesarean delivery. Youssef Alaoui, the medical director of the Ain Borja clinic in Casablanca, said that the delivery was “extremely rare” and “exceptional.”
Utmost care provided
Cisse’s pregnancy became a popular story in Mali when doctors thought she was carrying septuplets. Doctors were worried about her welfare and the babies’ survival, so health authorities intervened. After a 2-week stay in a Mali hospital, Cisse was moved to Morocco, where she stayed for 5 weeks. The C-section was ordered after she had birth pains, Alaoui said.
Arby is still in Mali with the couple’s older daughter but says he has been in regular contact with his wife. He said that he’s not worried about the babies’ health and that the family has received overwhelming support.
“Everybody called me! Everybody called!” he said. “The Malian authorities called expressing their joy. I thank them … even the president called me.”
Not the first time
According to the BBC report, two sets of nonuplets have been previously recorded. One set was born to a woman in Australia in 1971, and another was born to a woman in Malaysia in 1999. But none of the babies survived for more than a few days.
In 2009, Nadya Suleman had octuplets in California and holds the Guinness world record for the most children delivered at a single birth who have survived. The children—six boys and two girls— are now 12 years old.
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