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Malian woman expecting sextuplets gives birth to nine babies


In what many deemed as an unusual occurrence, a Malian woman resident in Morocco on Tuesday gave birth to nonuplets.

While confirming the report, Mali’s government announced that all nine babies are healthy and ‘doing well’.

The 25-year-old woman identified as Halima Cisse, who hails from the poor West African state was flown to Morocco for better care on March 30.

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PUNCH reported that Cisse had been anticipating septuplets following result of a scan before she was gifted the nonuplets.

Mali’s health ministry said in a statement that ultrasound examinations conducted in both Mali and Morocco had suggested that Cisse was carrying seven babies.

Spokesman of the Moroccan Health Ministry, Rachid Koudhari, disclosed that he was unaware such birth took place in one of the country’s hospitals.

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But Mali’s Health Ministry reiterated that the young mom birthed five girls and four boys through a Caesarean section.

“The mother and babies are doing well so far,” Mali’s Health Minister Fanta Siby said, adding that she had been duly informed by the Malian doctor who accompanied Cisse to Morocco.

“They are due to return home in several weeks’ time,” she added.

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Siby offered her appreciation to “the medical teams of Mali and Morocco, whose professionalism is at the origin of the happy outcome of this pregnancy”.

Meanwhile, the country’s local press has reported that doctors are concerned about Cisse’s health and her babies’ chances of survival.