A Malian woman gave birth to nine children on Tuesday, a greater number with two babies than doctors detected in her congested uterus, to join a rare group of women who have given birth to nine twins.
The pregnancy of Halima Cisse, 25, dazzled the West African country and attracted the attention of its leaders. When doctors said in March that Cisse needed specialized care, authorities airlifted her to Morocco, where she gave birth.
“The newborns (five girls and four boys) and the mother are fine,” Mali Minister of Health Fanta Sepi said in a statement.
Cisse was expected to give birth to seven children, according to an ultrasound examination conducted in Morocco and Mali, which did not detect two fetuses. Cisse gave birth to all of her newborns during a Caesarean section.
The birth of nine children is extremely rare, as the medical complications of having more than one child in this way mean that some fetuses do not complete the pregnancy period.