A 25-year-old woman from Mali has set the world record for the Most children to survive in a single birth.
Halima Cisse, gave birth to 9 children on Tuesday (5 boys and 4 girls), after being transferred from Timbuktu to Casablanca, Morocco on Doctors’ advice because of how difficult the procedure was.
The mother gave birth to the babies through a cesarean section.
According to the Casablanca Clinic’s director Youssef Alaoui . They were not expecting nine babies.
He added that Cisse gave birth prematurely at her 30th week of gestation and is now in stable condition after heavy bleeding. She, however, received a blood transfusion.
The nonuplets’ father has come out about how the family has been overwhelmed following the support they have received.
“I’m very happy,” her husband remarked. “My wife and the babies [five girls and four boys] are doing well.”
He added that most people reached out to him, the President inclusive.
“Everybody called me! Everybody called! The Malian authorities called expressing their joy. I thank them… Even the president called me.”
Ms Cisse’s pregnancy became a subject of interest in Mali – even when it was presumed she was only carrying seven babies.
The government intervened after doctors became concerned for her welfare and the babies’ chances of survival.
According to Dr Siby, Ms Cisse was later moved to Morocco on 30 March after a two-week stay in a hospital in Mali’s capital, Bamako.
She gave birth on Tuesday after five weeks at the Moroccan clinic. The babies weigh between 500 grams and one kilogram. The mother and her babies are expected to be discharged but after several weeks.
Meanwhile, the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed via email yesterday that as of now, their current record for most living births at once is eight, hence verifying the Morocco birth. The woman in the record had eight babies in the US in 2009.
Two sets of nonuplets have previously been recorded. One born to a woman in Australia in 1971 while the other to a woman in Malaysia in 1999. However, none of the babies survived more than just days.
By Everlyne Bosibori