A woman in Mali has given birth to nine babies – two more than doctors found in her womb – according to the country’s health ministry, joining a small pantheon of mothers of minors.
Halima Cisse, 25, was due to give birth to seven babies, according to ultrasounds in Morocco and Mali, who missed two of the siblings. All were delivered by cesarean section.
“The mother and babies are doing well so far,” Mali’s health minister, Fanta Fibi, told AFP, adding that she had been informed by the Malian doctor accompanying Cisse to Morocco.
They should return home in a few weeks, she added.
However, Moroccan Health Ministry spokesman Rachid Kudari said he was unaware of such a multiple birth at a hospital in the country.
According to local press reports, doctors were concerned about Cisse’s health and the chances of her babies surviving. Incompleteness is extremely rare. Medical complications in multiple births of this type often mean that some babies do not reach full term.
With Agence France-Presse and Reuters