25-Year-old Woman Gives Birth to Nonuplets (9 Babies)
A 25-year-old woman from Mali gave birth to nonuplets, five girls and four four boys, in Morocco on Tuesday, May 4, according to the country's health ministry.
Mali's government flew Halima Cisse to Morocco for better care on March 30, for better care.
She was initially believed to have been carrying septuplets, according to ultrasounds conducted in Morocco and Mali.
Mali's health ministry said in a statement that Cisse delivered the babies by Caesarean 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' time, she added.
Doctors had been concerned about Cisse's health, according to local press reports, as well as her babies' chances of survival.
Mali's health ministry said that ultrasound examinations conducted in both Mali and Morocco had suggested that Cisse was carrying seven babies.