WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Malian mother Halima Cisse has given birth to nine babies in one delivery.
- Cisse had a premature delivery at 30 weeks, but she is now recovering well.
- The previous record holder for having the highest number of babies is an American mother who gave birth to eight children.
In an extraordinary news revealed by a Mali top health officer, a Malian woman gave birth to nine babies in just one pregnancy. Doctors initially anticipated only seven babies (though that figure is still astonishing).
Halima Cisse, 25, from Morocco gave birth to nine toddlers ━ composing of four boys and five girls through caesarean method on Tuesday, according to Mali’s minister of health and social development Dr. Fanta Siby.
Cisse and her newborn babies were “all doing well,” Siby noted.
The mother was first brought to a local hospital in Bamako, and was eventually transferred to a Morrocan clinic on March 30, following an ultrasound result that she was carrying seven babies and would need special care because of her condition.
Speaking with the Moroccan state TV, Youssef Alaoui, director of the healthcare facility where Cisse gave birth, said that they had been notified by Malian doctors one and half months ago. They did not anticipate that the mother would have a total of nine infants.
Cisse prematurely delivered her children at 30 weeks. She was given a blood transfusion after suffering from heavy bleeding, but is now in stable condition, Alaoui reported.
Speaking with AP, Alaoui said that Cisse did not avail of any fertility treatments as far as he was concerned.
Aside from his nine new offsprings, Cisse shared that she has one daughter with her husband, according to BBC.
“God gave us these children. He is the one to decide what will happen to them. I’m not worried about that,” Cisse’s husband Adjudant Kader Arbym told BBC Afrique. “When the almighty does something, he knows why.”
Per the Guinness World Records, the previous record holder for highest number of babies delivered in one birth was Nadya Suleman from the US. He gave birth to eight wonderful children in 2009.
PEOPLE has already reached out to Guinness World Records and did not immediately receive a response.