A Malian woman gave birth to nine children on Tuesday – two more than doctors had discovered in her crowded womb – joining a small panty of mothers of nonpets.
The pregnancy of 25-year-old Halima Sise has captivated the West African nation and attracted the attention of its leaders. When doctors said in March that Cisse needed specialist care, authorities took her to Morocco, where she gave birth.
Mali’s health minister Fanta Sibi said in a statement, “The newborn (five girls and four boys) and mother are all doing well.”
According to ultrasounds performed in Morocco and Mali, two out of seven children were expected to give birth. All were delivered by Caesarean section.
Nonuplets are extremely rare. Medical complications in many such births often mean that some children do not reach full term.
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