A 25 year old woman from Mali gave birth to nonuplets in Morocco on Tuesday and all nine babies are “doing well”, AFP has reported.
The news Agency however said Moroccan authorities had yet to confirm what would be an extremely rare case.
It’s said,Mali’s government March 30 flew Halima Cisse to Morocco for better care, with initial reports suggesting she was carrying septuplets.
Cases of women successfully carrying septuplets to term are rare — and nonuplets even rarer.
Moroccan health ministry spokesman Rachid Koudhari denied knowledge of such a multiple birth having taken place in one of the country’s hospitals, said AFP.
But Mali’s health ministry said in a statement that Cisse had given 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.
Local media reports say doctors had been concerned about Cisse’s health as well as her babies’ chances of survival.
In a statement, the country’s health ministry revealed that ultrasound examinations conducted in both Mali and Morocco had suggested that Cisse was carrying seven babies.
Siby congratulated “the medical teams of Mali and Morocco, whose professionalism is at the origin of the happy outcome of this pregnancy”.