25-year-old woman gives birth to 9 babies: Sporadic, it’s Exceptional

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Halima Cissé gave childbirth to the nonuplets in Morocco. Mali’s ministry flew her there for professional care.

“I’m thrilled,” her partner told the BBC. “My spouse and the babies [five girls and four boys] are performing excellently.”

A woman who had eight kids in the US in 2009 holds the Guinness World Record for the most prominent children delivered at a single birth to sustain.

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Two assemblages of nonuplets have earlier been recorded

a. one born to a lady in Australia in 1971

b. another to a lady in Malaysia in 1999. None of the babies sustained more than some days.

World record owner Nadya Suleman’s octuplets have grown up and are presently 12 years old. She superfetated them through in vitro fertilization.

Fanta Siby, Mali’s health minister, complimented the medical crews in Mali and Morocco for the “happy outcome.”

The medical director, Ain Borja clinic in Casablanca, Prof Youssef Alaoui, where Ms. Cissé gave birth, told the AFP news agency. The case was “sporadic, it’s exceptional” – and a crew of 10 doctors and 25 paramedics had supported at the delivery of the premature babies.

They weighed within 500g and 1kg (1.1lb and 2.2lb) and would be retained in incubators “for two to three months,” he stated.

Reuters news agency reports, Ms. Cissé’s pregnancy became a topic of fascination in Mali – even when she thought she was only carrying septuplets.

Consultants in the West African nation were worried about her welfare and the babies’ survival hits. Therefore, the government reconciled.

After two-week support in a hospital in Mali’s metropolis, Bamako, the decision was progressed to transfer Ms. Cissé to Morocco on 30 March, Dr. Siby said.

After five weeks at the Moroccan hospital, she delivered by Caesarean section on Tuesday, the minister stated.

Ms. Cissé was 25 weeks pregnant when received, and his crew had managed to elongate her duration to 30 weeks, according to Prof Alaoui.

Adjudant Kader Arby, her husband, is still in Mali with the couple’s older girl, but he says he has been in regular touch with his spouse in Morocco and is not bothered about the family’s destiny.

“God gave us those children. He is the one to determine what will occur to them. I’m not bothered about that. When God does something, he comprehends why,” he told BBC Afrique.

He says the family has 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.”

It is extraordinary for such pregnancies to happen naturally – often it is the outcome of fertility treatment – though we do not understand if this happened in Ms. Cissé’s case.

But gynecologist Bill Kalumi, from Kenya’s Kenyatta National Hospital, says they only happen when this has been the state.

There is a range of causes why fertility treatment is queried.

But most generally in Africa, fertility drugs are prescribed when a woman comes off a hormonal form of contraceptive. She can see that it needs a while to ovulate over, Dr. Kalumi says.

It can then result in the liberation of many eggs, instead of one, during a woman’s monthly period.

Multiple births are unsafe for both mother and infants – and a woman who is perceived to be taking more than four fetuses tends are recommended to decrease that number in nations where abortion is constitutional.

Most pregnancies, including large numbers of newborns, end untimely, as in Ms. Cissé’s case.

And premature newborns – those born before 37 weeks – are at risk of contracting problems as they have immature lungs and are predisposed to sepsis because of their weak immune system.

Longer-term, children born in multiples are also more likely to develop cerebral palsy – which affects movement.