WATCH | World-famous nonuplets celebrate their first birthday in Morocco


The world-famous nonuplets born to a Malian woman last year celebrated their first birthday on 4 May 2022.

Twenty-seven-year-old Halime Cisse, who only expected seven babies when she went into labour, was shocked when the doctors told her that she would be having nine babies at Ain Borja clinic in Casablanca, Morocco last year.

She gave birth to five baby girls (Adama, Oumou, Hawa, Kadidia, Fatouma) and four baby boys (Oumar, Elhadji, Bah and Mohammed VI) prematurely at just 30 weeks.

Cisse broke the previous world record for the most live births, as the most children to survive a single delivery were eight babies born to an American woman, nicknamed Octomom, in 2009. 

Read: 'I thought it would be only seven': Mom of nine shares her 'unimaginable' birth story

The pre-mature nonuplets lived in incubators for three months, under the intensive care of the clinic's paediatric neonatologist Dr Khalid Mseif, who monitored their health regularly.

After leaving the Aïn Borja clinic, the babies were moved to a medicalised flat in Casablanca, where doctors and their parents closely monitored them.

The nontuplets' father, Abdelkader Arb, who only visited the babies for the first time three months after their birth, in June 2021, as he was previously unable to travel due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, shared that he and his wife are happy to see all their babies in good health a year later.

All nine babies are in good health, thanks to various doctors in Mali and Morocco, as well as the Malian authorities and King Mohammed VI of Morocco, who allowed Cisse to be transferred to the kingdom amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The family looks forward to heading back home to Timbuktu soon.

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