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Malian Woman Gives Birth to Nonuplets in Morocco 


By Rogers Wanambwa 

KIU, Main Campus – On Tuesday, May 4, a Malian woman gave birth to nonuplets in Morocco, and all nine babies are “doing well,” her government said, although Moroccan authorities had yet to ascertain what would be an exceptionally rare case.    

The Malian Government flew 25-year-old Halima Cisse, a woman from the northern part of the West African state, to Morocco for better care on March 30. She was originally assumed to have been carrying septuplets. 

Besides cases of women successfully carrying septuplets to term are extraordinary; nonuplets, even more so. Moroccan Health Ministry Spokesman Rachid Koudhari said he had no evidence of such multiple births having taken place in one of the country's hospitals.   

Nonetheless, Mali's Health Ministry said in a statement that Cisse had given birth to five girls and four boys by cesarean section. 

“The mother and babies are doing well so far,” Mali's Health Minister Fanta Siby told AFP, adding that she had been kept informed by the Malian doctor who accompanied Cisse to Morocco.   

“They are due to return home in several weeks,” she added. Doctors had been apprehensive about Cisse's health, according to local press reports, as well as her babies' chances of survival.  

Mali's Health ministry announced in a statement that ultrasound assessments conducted in both Mali and Morocco had indicated that Cisse was carrying seven babies. 

Mali's Health Minister, Siby offered her congratulations to “The medical teams of Mali and Morocco, whose professionalism is at the origin of the happy outcome of this pregnancy.”

Photo Courtesy: BBC, Mali Health Ministry