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25-year-old Malian woman gives birth to nonuplets, 5 girls and 4 boys

A 25-year-old woman from Mali gave birth nonuplets, five girls and four boys, in Morocco on Tuesday, May 4, according to the country’s health ministry.

Mali’s government flew Halima Cisse to Morocco for better care on March 30.

She was initially believed to have been carrying septuplets, according to ultrasounds conducted in Morocco and Mali.

Mali’s health ministry said in a statement that Cisse gave birth to five girls and four boys by Caesarean section.

“The mother and babies are doing well so far,” Mali’s Health Minister Fanta Siby told AFP, adding that she had been kept informed by the Malian doctor who accompanied Cisse to Morocco.

They are due to return home in several weeks’ time, she added.

Doctors had been concerned about Cisse’s health, according to local press reports, as well as her babies’ chances of survival.

Mali’s health ministry said that ultrasound examinations conducted in both Mali and Morocco had suggested that Cisse was carrying seven babies.

Siby offered her congratulations to “the medical teams of Mali and Morocco, whose professionalism is at the origin of the happy outcome of this pregnancy”

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