25-year-old woman gives birth to nine babies


A 25-year-old woman from Mali, a country in West Africa, has given birth to nine children – five girls and four boys.

Halima Cisse gave birth to the babies at a hospital in Morocco where she has been shifted by the Malian government for specialist care.

Her husband said he was on cloud nine since the birth of his children, adding that his wife and all the children are in good health.

A US woman who had given birth to eight babies in 2009 holds the Guinness World Record for the most children delivered at a single birth to survive, BBC reported.

This is not the first time that a woman has given birth to nine children as two sets of nonuplets have previously been recorded in Australia (1971) and Malaysia (1999) but unfortunately these babies could survive for a few days.

Mali’s health minister Fanta Siby has congratulated the medical teams of Morocco and his country for successful procedure.

Earlier, doctors found during the scan that the woman was carrying septuplets but she gave birth nonuplets, leaving people surprised.

Ms Cisse’s pregnancy became a subject of fascination in Mali – even when it was thought she was only carrying septuplets, the Reuters news agency reports.

The Malian women and her children will be shifted back to Mali within few weeks.