A woman from Mali gave birth to nine babies on Tuesday, two more than the doctors had detected inside her crowded womb. This is the rarest such case that has come up, joining a small pantheon of mothers of nonuplets.
Halima Cisse’s pregnancy at 25 has fascinated the West African nation and has attracted the attention of its leaders. When doctors in March said Cisse needed specialist care, authorities flew her to Morocco, where she gave birth.
Mali’s health minister, Fanta Siby, said in a statement, “The newborns (five girls and four boys) and the mother are all doing well.”
Ultrasounds conducted in Morocco and Mali missed two of the siblings, where Cisse was expected to give to seven babies. All were delivered by cesarean section.
Nonuplets are extremely rare. Medical complications in multiple births of this kind often mean that some of the babies do not reach full term.
“This is one of the rarest pregnancies that we have seen till now. It is called multiple pregnancies or higher-order pregnancy. We have come across twins, 3 triples, quadruplets, and even sextuplets but Nonuplets is something that is very rare and new to us. This might happen due to family genes or maybe due to fertility drugs that have been given during the pregnancy or when the woman is ovulating. So if it is given in extra amount, they can give multiple births,” said Dr. Nupur Gupta, Founder Well Woman Clinic & Director Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Fortis Memorial Research Institute Gurugram.
Dr. Gupta further added, “Whenever there are such cases of multiple births, it should be done through Caesarean mode of delivery. However, there can be complications that is possible in the babies. Also, whenever we come across cases where there are more than three, we try to reduce them in the initial stage in order to avoid complications in the mother as well as in children and we do not generally allow such pregnancies. More than three babies can face problems in growth, they might be growth retarded and the mother can go into premature labor.”