A 25-year-old Malian woman has given birth to nine babies – two more than doctors had detected during scans.
Halima Cisse gave birth to the nonuplets in Morocco. Mali’s government flew her there for specialist care.
“I’m very happy,” said her husband. “My wife and the babies [five girls and four boys] are doing well.”
A woman who had eight babies in the US in 2009 holds the Guinness World Record for the most children delivered at a single birth to survive.
Two sets of nonuplets have previously been recorded – one born to a woman in Australia in 1971 and another to a woman in Malaysia in 1999 – but none of the babies survived more than a few days.
Mali’s health minister, Fanta Siby, congratulated the medical teams in Mali and Morocco for the “happy outcome”.
Prof Youssef Alaoui, medical director of the Ain Borja clinic in Casablanca where Cisse gave birth said the case was “extremely rare, it’s exceptional” – and a team of 10 doctors and 25 paramedics had assisted at the delivery of the premature babies.
The babies weighed between 500g and 1kn and would be kept in incubators “for two to three months”, he said.