A 25-year-old Malian woman has given birth to nine babies
MALI – A Malian woman gave birth to nine babies on Tuesday – two more than doctors had expected inside her crowded womb – joining a small pantheon of mothers of nonuplets in the world.
The pregnancy of Halima Cisse, 25, has fascinated the West African nation and attracted the attention of its leaders. When doctors in March said Cisse needed specialist care, authorities flew her to Morocco, where she gave birth.
“The newborns (five girls and four boys) and the mother are all doing well,” Mali’s health minister, Fanta Siby, said in a statement.
Cisse was expected to give birth to seven babies, according to ultrasounds conducted in Morocco and Mali that missed two of the siblings. All were delivered by caesarean section.
Nonuplets are extremely rare. Medical complications in multiple births of this kind often mean that some of the babies do not reach full term.
“I’m very happy, “My wife and the babies [five girls and four boys] are doing well.”
her husband Adjudant Kader Arby told the BBC.
Her husband, is still in Mali with the couple’s older daughter, but he says he has been in constant touch with his wife in Morocco and is not worried about the family’s future.
He told BBC Afrique.
“God gave us these children. He is the one to decide what will happen to them. I’m not worried about that. When the almighty does something, he knows why,”
He says the family have been overwhelmed by the support they have received.
“Everybody called me! Everybody called! The Malian authorities called expressing their joy. I thank them… Even the president called me.”
The mother who now holds the new Guinness world record and her nine new babies are expected to return home in several weeks.