Mali mom gives birth to 9 babies

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DAKAR: A Malian woman gave birth to nonuplets in Morocco on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) and all nine babies are “doing well,” her government said.

MORE THAN A HANDFUL All babies — five girls and four boys — are doing well.
The nonuplets were delivered May 4, 2021 via Caesarean section. PHOTO FROM BUZZ2STARS FACEBOOK

It was the first nonuplet birth in that portion of Africa in nearly 70 years, doctors said.
Mali’s government flew 25-year-old Halima Cisse to Morocco for better care on March 30. She was initially believed to have been carrying septuplets.

Cases of women successfully carrying septuplets to term are rare — and nonuplets even rarer. Moroccan health ministry spokesman Rachid Koudhari said he had no knowledge of such a multiple birth having taken place in one of the country’s hospitals.

But Mali’s health ministry said in a statement that Cisse had given birth to five girls and four boys by Caesarean section.

“The mother and babies are doing well so far,” Mali’s Health Minister Fanta Siby said.

They are due to return home in several weeks’ time, she added. Doctors had been concerned about Cisse’s health, according to local press reports, as well as her babies’ chances of survival.

Mali’s health ministry said in a statement that ultrasound examinations conducted in both Mali and Morocco had suggested that Cisse was carrying seven babies.

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