By Waiswa Wafula
25-year-old Halima Cisse has given birth to nonuplets in Morocco after the Mali Government flew her there for specialized treatment.
“I’m very happy,” Her husband, Adjudant Kader Arby told the BBC. “My wife and the babies are doing well.”
He 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 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 added.
This came as a surprise for doctors expecting an already jaw-dropping seven babies only to find two more tucked in Halima’s womb during labor.
Having already made national news before her delivery, Bah N’Daw, the Malian President ordered that the expectant mother to be transferred to Northern Africa for specialized treatment. On March 20th, Halima was admitted in a Moroccan clinic and remained on bed rest until she delivered on Tuesday.
According to Mali’s Health Minister, Fanta Siby, Halima had a successful delivery via cesarean section and sired five boys and four girls.
“The mother and babies are doing well so far,” she said.
The minister also gave her regards to the health care workers in Mali and Morocco, “whose professionalism is at the origin of the happy outcome of this pregnancy.”
It is unclear whether in-vitro fertilization (IVF) was involved in Cisse’s pregnancy, as it is more common to give birth to multiples with the treatment.
Halima will also become a Guinness World Record holder for the most children delivered at a single birth after Nadya Suleman who delivered eight children now aged 12 years.
Previous sets of nonuplets birthed have been recorded in Australia in 1971 and Malaysia in 1999 but none of the babies were able to survive after a few days.
Halima’s husband says the family have 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.”
Halima and her new born babies are expected to return home in several weeks.
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