A 25-year-old Malian woman, Halima Cisse, has given birth to nine babies after expecting seven, two more than doctors had detected during scans, according to Mali’s Minister of Health and the Moroccan clinic where the nonuplets were born.
Until proven, it appeared to be the first time on record that, a woman had given birth to nine surviving babies at once. Mali’s Health Minister, Dr. Michel Sidibe said in a press statement, “The five girls and four boys, and their mother are all doing well”.
The nonuplets mother gave birth to the babies by cesarean section on Tuesday in Morocco after being sent there for special care, Mali’s top health official announced. Associated Press reporters saw some of the babies wiggling their hands and feet inside incubators Wednesday in the private Ain Borja clinic in Casablanca.
The Casablanca clinic’s director Youssef Alaoui told Moroccan State TV that, they had been contacted by Malian Doctors about the case a month and a half ago. They were not expecting nine babies, he said. Halima Cisse gave birth prematurely at 30 weeks and is now in stable condition after heavy bleeding for which she was given a blood transfusion, he said. The babies weigh between 500 grams and one kilogram (1.1 and 2.2 pounds).
The Guinness Book of World Records said in an email to The AP on Wednesday that, The current holder of the Guinness record is American, Nadya Suleman, who gave birth to eight premature but healthy children in 2009.