On Tuesday, a Malian lady gave birth to nine infants, two more than doctors had predicted in her crowded womb.
Halima Cisse's pregnancy has captivated the West African nation and drew the attention of its leaders. Mali's government flew Cisse to Morocco, where she gave birth, after doctors said she needed specialist treatment in March.
In a tweet, Mali's health minister, Fanta Siby, said, "The newborns (five girls and four boys) and the mother are all doing well."
Siby expressed her gratitude to the medical personnel of Mali and Morocco, whose competence is at the origin of this pregnancy's happy outcome.
According to ultrasounds performed in Morocco and Mali, Cisse was supposed to give birth to seven infants, but two of the siblings were missed. All of the babies were born by caesarean section.
Nonuplets are very rare. Medical complications in these types of multiple births often result in some of the babies not reaching full term.
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