Woman, 25, gives birth to nine healthy babies, says Mali government

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A 25-year-old woman has allegedly given birth to nine healthy babies, according to the Malian government.  Mali flew Halima Cisse to Morocco where she gave birth on Tuesday, 4 May so that the she would receive better health care.

The Moroccan government, however, are yet to confirm if she successfully carried all nine children to term. Fingers crossed, as it would be a remarkable case if true.

PREGNANT MALI WOMAN FLOWN TO MOROCCO IN MARCH

According to AFP, the Malian government flew the pregnant Cisse – who is from the north of the West African country – to Morocco on 30 March, to ensure she received better care. Initially, it was believed that Cisse was expecting seven babies.

According to local reports, doctors were concerned about Cisse’s health and her babies’ chances of survival.

Women rarely successfully give birth septuplets, therefore, birthing healthy nonuplets would be an even rarer occurrence.

The world’s first set of surviving septuplets – the McCaughey’s – were born in 1997 in Iowa in the United States. The four boys and three girls were born nine weeks early.

In 1971, an Australian woman, Geraldine Brodrick, gave birth to nonuplets in Sydney, according to a New York Times archive article. Seven of the nine babies were born alive. Unfortunately, none of the Brodrick nonuplets survived for more than six days after their birth.

NONUPLETS: FIVE GIRLS AND FOUR BOYS, SAYS MINISTER

Mali’s health ministry issued a statement that said Cisse had birthed five girls and four boys via Caesarean section. “The mother and babies are doing well so far,” said Health Minister Fanta Siby to AFP.

She added that the Malian doctor who accompanied Cisse to Morocco kept her abreast of developments and that the mother and chidren are expected to return home in several weeks’ time.

“[T]he medical teams of Mali and Morocco, whose professionalism is at the origin of the happy outcome of this pregnancy,” said Siby, congratulating the medical workers that helped Cisse give birth.

Rachid Koudhari, the Moroccan health ministry spokesperson, however, said no multiple births have taken place in the country’s hospitals as far as he knows.

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