Malian Woman Gives Birth to Nine Babies, Health Ministry Says

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A woman in Mali has given birth to nine babies – two more than doctors detected in her womb – according to the country’s health ministry, joining a small pantheon of mothers of nonuplets.

Halima Cisse, 25, was expected to give birth to seven babies, according to ultrasounds from Morocco and Mali that missed two of the siblings. All were delivered by cesarean section.

Cisse’s pregnancy fascinated the West African nation and caught the attention of its leaders. When doctors said in March that Cisse needed specialist care, the country’s transition chief Bah Ndaw ordered that she be sent to Morocco, where she has given birth to five girls and four boys, according to the report. Mali Ministry of Health.

“The mother and the babies are doing well so far,” Mali’s Minister of Health Fanta Siby told Agence France-Presse, adding that she had been kept informed by the Malian doctor accompanying Cissé. in Morocco.

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

However, Moroccan Ministry of Health spokesman Rachid Koudhari said he was unaware that such a multiple birth had taken place in one of the country’s hospitals.

Doctors worried about Cissé’s health, according to local press reports, as well as the chances of her babies surviving. Nonuplets are extremely rare. Medical complications with multiple births of this type often mean that some babies do not survive.

With Agence France-Presse and Reuters

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