Nine infants were born to a 25-year-old Malian lady, two more than the scans had shown.

In Morocco, Halima Cissé gave birth to the nonuplets. For specialized treatment, the government of Mali flew her there.

“I’m very happy,” to the BBC, her spouse said.

“My wife and the babies [five girls and four boys are doing well.”

The Guinness World Record for the most live births is currently held by a lady who gave birth to eight children in the US in 2009.


One pair of nonuplets was born to a woman in Australia in 1971, while the other was delivered to a woman in Malaysia in 1999. However, neither set of nonuplets lived for more than a few days.

The 12-year-old octuplets of world record holder Nadya Suleman have grown up. Through in vitro fertilization, she became pregnant with them.

Mali’s minister of health, Anta Siby, praised the Moroccan and Malian medical personnel for the “happy outcome.”

A team of 10 physicians and 25 paramedics aided in the delivery of the preterm kids, according to Prof. Youssef Alaoui, medical director of the Ain Borja clinic in Casablanca, where Ms Cissé gave birth. He described the occurrence as “extremely rare; it’s exceptional.”

He stated they would be housed in incubators “for two to three months” and weighed between 500g and 1kg (1.1lb and 2.2lb).

Ms Cissé’s pregnancy sparked interest in Mali, even when it was assumed she was carrying septuplets.

Doctors in the West African country were worried about her well-being and the infants’ survival prospects, so the government stepped in.

Dr Siby added that after a two-week stay in a hospital in Mali’s capital, Bamako, the decision was taken to transfer Ms Cissé to Morocco on March 30.

According to the minister, she gave birth via Caesarean surgery on Tuesday after five weeks at the Moroccan facility.

Prof Alaoui said that Ms Cissé was 25 weeks pregnant when she was hospitalised, and his team was able to prolong her pregnancy to 30 weeks.

Adjudant Kader Arby, her husband, is still in Mali with the couple’s elder daughter, but he claims he has kept in contact with his wife in Morocco and is not concerned about the family’s future.

“God gave us these children. He is the one to decide what will happen to them. I’m not worried about that. When the almighty does something, he knows why,” he told BBC Afrique.

He says the family have been overwhelmed by the support they have received.

“Everybody called me! Everybody called! The Malian authorities called, expressing their joy. I thank them… Even the president called me.”

What is the cause of multiple pregnancies?

Rhoda Odhiambo, the BBC health correspondent in Nairobi, provided this analysis.

Such pregnancies are rare to occur spontaneously; they are usually the consequence of reproductive therapy, but we do not know whether this was the case in Ms Cissé’s instance.

However, gynaecologist Bill Kalumi of Kenya’s Kenyatta National Hospital claims they only arise when this is the case.

There are several reasons people seek fertility therapy.

However, Dr Kalumi notes that fertility medications are most often administered in Africa after a woman stops using a hormonal method of contraception since she may discover that it takes her some time to ovulate again.

Consequently, a woman may release many eggs rather than just one throughout her monthly period.

Multiple births are harmful to both the mother and the child; thus, in nations where abortion is permitted, a woman who is discovered to be carrying more than four fetuses is often counselled to lower that number.

The majority of large-baby pregnancies terminate prematurely, as was the case with Ms Cissé.

Additionally, kids delivered before 37 weeks are at risk of complications because their lungs are immature. Because of their weakened immune systems, they are more vulnerable to infections like sepsis.

In the long run, multiple births increase a child’s risk of cerebral palsy, a mobility disorder.

Three months after giving birth to nine infants simultaneously, a lady who set a world record for doing so said she felt “very pleased” and hasn’t ruled out having additional kids. To say that Halima Cisse is busy would be an understatement.

More than two months after having her nine kids born in a hospital in Morocco, a 26-year-old Mali woman speaks out about her record-breaking family. The mother, who already has a 2-year-old daughter, claimed that natural conception was the cause of the nonuplets.

When Halima Cisse and her husband, Kader Arby, 35, heard they were having high-order multiples, it was the biggest surprise of their lives.

Doctors first informed the couple that they were expecting seven children and cautioned them that there was a probability of less than 50% of the children would survive. Minutes before giving birth on May 5, Cisse discovered she was carrying nine children when she was in Morocco seeking better medical treatment.

On May 5, 2021, Halima Cisse, 26, gave birth to nine children in the Ain Borja hospital in Casablanca, Morocco. She was a natural mother. Halima is a native of the Mali Republic. In 2017, she wed Kader Arby, and the two became parents to a girl. The lady said that she changed 100 diapers daily and gave birth to nine children, breaking the previous record in Monaco.

Halima went for an ultrasound after learning she was pregnant for the second time. She was taken aback when the doctor informed her that she had seven children. She had a tough pregnancy since her pregnant tummy weighed more than 30 kg. Halima was relocated to a hospital in Morocco with more advanced medical equipment with the assistance of Mali’s President Bah N’Daw.

When it came time to give birth, the physicians, and especially the mother, were surprised to discover that the children were not 7 but 9. Two babies had blended in with the siblings at the ultrasound time. For 20 minutes, ten physicians and 25 medical personnel worked together to deliver these nine infants. The nine kids, four boys and five girls, were born weighing 500 grams to one kilogram and were called Kadidia, Mohammed VI, Fatouma, Oumar, Hawa, Adama, bah, Oumou, and El Hadji.

Due to the travel restrictions, her husband, Kader Arby, 35, was permitted to visit his wife and children in Morocco on July 19.

“It’s really amazing and indescribable. I can only thank God for keeping my wife and children alive,” said Kader, a sailor in the Mali navy.

Kader acknowledged that providing for his kids in the future would be expensive. He wants to build an addition to his three-bedroom home so ten kids may reside there.

 “There will be a lot of work to do, but right now, we focus on taking care of the children and bringing them home. What worries me the most is not how many rooms or how much money the house has, but how it is for the good of his wife and children,” Kader added.

He went on to say that the family is profoundly affected by the assistance they have received. Many individuals have phoned, and those who have reached him have expressed their delight. Because it was a unique delivery, the Malian government paid the costs of caring for nine newborns, which totalled more than $1.5 million.

For your knowledge.

Women can only give birth once or twice a year and can only procreate for around half of their lifespan. This explains why women can only have a small proportion of the children that males can. According to one research, a woman may expect to get pregnant 15 times throughout her lifetime.

According to her physicians, Erramatti Mangayamma, 74, gave birth to twins in India last week after conceiving via IVF, making her the oldest person to give birth. This has reignited discussion about so-called geriatric pregnancies.

Men continue to generate sperm throughout their lives, and some may become fathers into their 60s and beyond – an age when women’s clocks have completely stopped ticking. This contrasts with women, who are born with a fixed amount of eggs. In their late 60s, Rod Stewart, George Lucas, and Steve Martin all notably fathered children.



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