According to Mali’s Minister of Health and the Moroccan clinic, a Malian woman has given birth to nine babies at once where the nonuplets were born. This appears to be the first time on record that a woman had given birth to nine surviving babies at once.
The mother, 25-year-old Halima Cisse, gave birth to the babies by cesarean section on Tuesday in Morocco after being sent there for special care. Cisse had been expecting seven babies. Malian doctors, under government orders, sent her to Morocco for the births because hospitals in Mali, one of the world’s poorest countries, are ill-equipped to provide adequate care for this exceptional multiples pregnancy.
It is not known if Cisse used fertility treatments. Yacoub Khalaf, a professor of reproductive medicine at King’s College London, said that such births would be extraordinarily unlikely without fertility treatment. He urged more awareness worldwide about monitoring fertility treatments and about the risks and costs of having so many premature babies at one time.
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