Halima Cisse, a 25-year old Malian woman became an overnight sensation after giving birth to nine babies.
The unsuspecting mother was expecting to welcome septuplets (seven) but instead has made history by becoming the mother of nonuplets.
Halima was flown to Morocco under the authority of her government in March after doctors advised that she needed specialised care during her pregnancy.
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Ultrasound examinations in both Mali and Morocco concluded that Halima was carrying seven babies, five girls, and four boys.
It is unclear how the Malian woman had conceived the babies and reports do not indicate that she had undergone in-vitro fertilisation (IVF).
Nonuplets are extremely rare in the medical fraternity and the chances of all babies surviving aren’t high but Halima will be going home in a few weeks with all her babies.
“The mother and babies are doing well so far,” Mali’s Health Minister Fanta Siby released a statement, adding that she had been kept informed by the Malian doctor who accompanied Halima to Morocco.