Mali Ministry of Health and Social Development
A Malian woman has given birth to nine newborns, which could become a world record. Halima Cisse was expecting to have seven newborns. Ultrasound examinations failed to detect her two newborns.
“Babies (five girls, four boys) and mothers are doing well,” said Mali Health Minister Dr Fanta Sibi in a statement.
The babies were born in Morocco, where Cisse was taken to intensive care in late March. Her multiple pregnancy was closely monitored in Mali, where the government helped Morocco pay for her medical evacuation. The camera crew recorded his arrival.
Cisse, 25, gave birth by caesarean section, and doctors were surprised to find two more babies than expected. The agency’s announcement of a successful birth was welcomed on social media in Mali, but some urged the government to improve the standard of medical care in a poor West African country, saying such evacuation costs were incurred.
The medical director of the Ain Borja private clinic in Casablanca, Morocco, where Cisse gave birth to Professor Youssef Alaou, said the babies were born at 30 weeks. “The babies weighed between 500 grams and 1 kilogram (about 1.1-2.2 pounds),” he told reporters in Morocco.
Cisse is in the intensive care unit, but her condition is stable, Alau said, explaining that she was bleeding profusely due to an enlarged uterus. While at the clinic, doctors sought to delay childbirth for weeks, giving the fetus extra time to develop. The clinic has a team of about 30 staff members to help the mother give birth and take care of her nine children.
Abdeljalil Bunhar / AP
During childbirth, Cisse’s husband, ARF member Kader Arbi, stayed with his daughter in Mali, BBC reports.
Arbin told the network that he was “very happy” that his wife and nine newborns were feeling well. He added from the excitement of their births. “Everyone called me. Everyone called. The Malian authorities called to express their joy.
The current world record for the number of live births is eight, which according to Guinness World Records was set by Nadia Suleman from California in 2009. But that feat also sparked controversy as medical professionals and the public discussed the use of fertility treatments to produce octopuses. Suleiman’s eight babies were delivered nine weeks early, also through C-section.
One of the representatives of the Guinness Book of World Records told NPR that “we still have to check it as a record, because the well-being of mothers and newborns is a priority.” The organization said it was exploring a possible new record by working as a case specialist.
It is not known whether Cisse’s pregnancy was the result of fertility treatment, as Suleiman did. Alawi told the Associated Press that he did not know he was receiving such treatment.
The use of in vitro fertilization and other treatments, such as ovulation drugs, has been associated with the many birth booms in the decades since 1981, when the first child in the United States was born using reproductive technology.
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