Malian Woman Gives Birth To Nonuplets, 9 Babies, In Rare Event


Malian Woman Gives Birth To Nonuplets, 9 Babies

 

In a very rare occurrence, a Malian woman gave birth to 9 babies on Tuesday.  25-year-old Halima Cisse gave birth to the nonuplets, 5 girls and 4 boys at a hospital in Morocco. All 9 babies were delivered by caesarian section.

Cisse was expected to give birth to seven babies, according to ultrasounds conducted in Morocco and Mali. However, all the scans seem to have missed two of the babies.

Cisse’s pregnancy fascinated the West African nation and attracted the attention of its leaders. She was flown to Morocco to make sure that the babies would be delivered safely.

In a statement following the birth of the nonuplets, Mali’s health minister Fanta Siby, told Agence France-Presse,

“The newborns (five girls and four boys) and the mother are all doing well”

Siby added that she had been kept informed by the Malian doctor who accompanied Cisse to Morocco.

They are due to return home in several weeks, she added.

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Doctors had been concerned about Cisse’s health, according to local press reports, as well as her babies’ chances of survival. Nonuplets are extremely rare. Medical complications in multiple births of this kind often mean that some of the babies do not survive.

The first recorded set of nonuplets was born June 13, 1971, in Sydney, Australia to Geraldine Brodrick and her husband Leonard. They were five boys and four girls; two of the boys were stillborn. The remaining seven infants died within a week. The last surviving of the babies, named Richard, died six days after birth. Mrs Brodrick had two older daughters, Belinda and Jacqueline, both single births.

Another set of nonuplets were born on 26 March 1999, in Malaysia to Zurina Mat Saad. She had five boys and four girls (Adam, Nuh, Idris, Soleh, Hud, Aishah, Khadijah, Fatimah, and Umi Kalsom), but none of them survived more than 6 hours.

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