A 25-year-old woman from Mali has been reported to have given birth to nine babies. This number is two babies more than was detected by doctors in scans.
Malian woman bears nonuplets
Halima Cisse gave birth to the nonuplets in Morocco as her country’s government flew her there for specialist care.
Mali’s health minister said that the babies were delivered through a Caesarean section and were all doing well.
It is quite rare and sporadic to give birth to a set of nonuplets – and complications during and after birth often mean that some of the babies do not survive.
Ms Cisse’s pregnancy already fascinated people in Mali, even when she thought she was only carrying septuplets. Her health and welfare raised concerns, hence the government’s intervention.
After a two-week stay in a hospital in Mali’s capital, Bamako, the decision was made to move Ms Cisse to Morocco on 30 March. After five weeks at the Moroccan clinic, she had her children on Tuesday.