25-year-old woman gives birth to nine babies. (straitstimes.)

25-year-old woman gives birth to nine babies

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Wonders will never cease

A 25-year-old Malian woman has given birth to nine babies, effectively breaking the record for most births at one time.

Halima Cissé gave birth to the nonuplets in Morocco after Mali’s government flew her there for specialist care.

“I’m very happy,” her husband told the BBC. “My wife and the babies [five girls and four boys] are doing well.”

Halima Cissé and husband Adjudant Kader Arby. (Africa 24)

Prof Youssef Alaoui, medical director of the Ain Borja clinic in Casablanca where Ms Cissé gave birth, told the AFP news agency that the case was “extremely rare, it’s exceptional”.

A team of 10 doctors and 25 paramedics made the delivery of the premature 9 babies possible. The young infants weighed between 500g and 1kg (1.1lb and 2.2lb) and would be kept in incubators “for two to three months”, according to doctors.

Fanta Siby, Mali’s health minister, congratulated the medical teams in Mali and Morocco for the “happy outcome”.

Prior to Halima Cissé case a woman who had eight babies in the US in 2009 held the Guinness World Record for the most children delivered at a single birth to survive.

The nonuplets, one of whom is pictured here, are currently being cared for in incubators. (BBC)

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