Halima Cissé, a mother from Mali, along with her husband Abdelkader Arby, joyfully welcomed the arrival of the nonuplets on May 4, 2021.
Initially, doctors believed that Halima would give birth to seven babies, but during her transfer to the Ain Borja Clinic in Morocco for specialized care, two additional babies were discovered. The nonuplets were born prematurely via a cesarean section during Halima’s 30th week of pregnancy. The newborns consist of five girls and four boys, named Adama, Oumou, Hawa, Kadidia, Fatouma, Oumar, Elhadji, Bah, and Mohammed VI.
After their stay in Morocco, the children, along with their mother, have now returned to Mali as reported by the BBC.
Their father expressed, “They all have different characters. Some are quiet, while others make more noise and cry a lot. Some want to be picked up all the time. They are all very different, which is entirely normal.”
The Malian government provided support for the mother’s care and arranged for her to be flown to Morocco during her pregnancy.
Abdelkader Arby, the father, acknowledges that caring for the children is a demanding task. “It’s a lot of work but Allah, who gave us this blessing, will help us in their upbringing and taking care of them,” He said.
Before the arrival of the nonuplets, the couple already had a three-year-old daughter.
The birth of these nonuplets has captured the attention of people worldwide, leaving many astonished by the mother’s ability to carry and deliver nine babies at once.
The Guinness World Record has officially recognized Halima Cissé’s delivery of nonuplets as the first documented case of a woman giving birth to nine babies simultaneously.
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