The Nine Babies Were Given The Guinness World Rᴇᴄᴏʀᴅs Title For The Most Children Delivered In A Single Birth To sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇ

The nine babies were given the Guinness World Rᴇᴄᴏʀᴅs title for the most children delivered in a single birth to sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇ. They were born on May 4, 2021 – ʙʀᴇᴀᴋɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ ᴘʀᴇᴠɪᴏᴜs record of eight babies born to Nadya Suleman of the USA, also called Octomom, in 2009.

Dad Abdelkader Arby and mum Halima Cissé,  They were born ᴘʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇʟʏ ᴠɪᴀ ᴄᴀᴇsᴀʀᴇᴀɴ sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ 30 weeks into Halima’s pregnancy. There are five girls – Adama, Oumou, Hawa, Kadidia, Fatouma – and four boys – Oumar, Elhadji, Bah and Mohammed VI.  When they were delivered they each weighed between 1.1lb and 2lb.

Doctors initially thought she was going to have seven children, but two more were detected after she was admitted to the Ain Borja Clinic for specialist care.

Nᴏɴᴜᴘʟᴇᴛs are extremely rare and no cases of all babies surviving after the birth for more than a few hours have ever previously been recorded. To help them sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇ, as soon as they were born the children were transferred to incubators and remained under the care of the clinic’s paediatric neonatologist, Khalil Msaif, for several months.

Dad Abdelkader Arby told the BBC: ‘They’re all crawling now. Some are sitting up and can even walk if they hold on to something.’ Although he admits ‘it’s not easy’, he said he is happy to see ‘all the babies in perfect health’.

Their mum Halima Cissé, 27, and all the siblings are still under the care of the clinic in Morocco where they were born. They are living in a specially equipped flat, owned by the clinic, where nurses are on hand to help and ensure the babies ᴀᴅʜᴇʀᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴀ sᴛʀɪᴄᴛ ᴅɪᴇᴛ so they receive all the ɴᴜᴛʀɪᴇɴᴛs ᴛʜᴇʏ ʀᴇǫᴜɪʀᴇ. The family held a small birthday party with a few nurses and neighbours to celebrate.

Shortly after the birth, Mali’s health minister, Dr Fanta Siby, said: ‘The newborns and the mother are all doing well.’

They   was reunited with in October 2021, Dad said: ‘All of them are getting on very well and are a joy to look after.’


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