Malian woman gives birth to nine babies in Morocco
London, May 5, 2021 (AltAfrica)-A 25-year-old Malian woman has given birth to nine babies – two more than doctors had detected during scans.
Halima Cisse gave birth to the nonuplets in Morocco. Mali’s government flew her there for specialist care.
Ultrasounds done in Mali and Morocco indicated that Halima Cisse was pregnant with seven children — but on Tuesday, she gave birth to five girls and four boys, Fanta Siby, Mali’s minister of health and social development, said in a statement.
“I’m happy, very, very happy,” her husband told the BBC. “My wife and the babies [five girls and four boys] are doing very well.”
It is extremely rare to give birth to a set of nonuplets – and complications often mean the babies do not survive.
Of the two sets of nonuplets known about – one born to a woman in Australia in 1971 and another to a woman in Malaysia in 1999 – none survived.
The first octuplets – eight babies – to all survive to grow up were born in 2009 to a woman in the US who conceived them through in vitro fertilisation.
Fanta Siby, Mali’s health minister, congratulated the medical teams in both countries for the “happy outcome”.
Ms Cisse’s pregnancy became a subject of fascination in Mali – even when it was thought she was only carrying septuplets, the Reuters news agency reports.
Doctors in the West African nation had been concerned for her welfare and the chances of the babies’ survival – so the government intervened.
After a two-week stay in a hospital in Mali’s capital, Bamako, the decision had been made to move Ms Cisse to Morocco on 30 March, Dr Siby said.
After five weeks at the Moroccan clinic, she had given birth by Caesarean section on Tuesday, the minister said.
Her husband Adjudant Kader Arby 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 says he is not worried about the family’s future.
“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 told BBC Afrique.
He says the family has 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 and her new nine babies are expected to return home in several weeks. BBC