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What Happens To Malian Mom Who Gave Birth To 9 Babies?

On May 5, the world media was shocked by the news that a woman named Halima Cisse, 26 years old, gave birth to 9 children at the same time at Ain Borja Hospital, in the city of Casablanca, Morocco. Ms. Halima surpassed the world record of Nadya Suleman, who gave birth to eight surviving children in 2009.

Ms. Halima is originally from the Republic of Mali. She and her husband, Kader Arby, got married in 2017 and have a daughter together. When she found out she was pregnant for the second time, Ms. Halima went for an ultrasound and was surprised to hear the doctor said there were 7 fetuses in her belly.

During her pregnancy, Ms. Halima faced many difficulties. Then, with the help of Mali’s President Bah N’Daw, Ms. Halima was transferred to a hospital in Morocco, which has more modern medical equipment, to give birth.

Ms. Halima was transferred to a hospital in Morocco, which has more modern medical equipment, to give birth.

The doctors here tried to prolong her pregnancy as long as possible. They thought she was only pregnant with 7 but when they performed a cesarean section, they discovered there were 9 babies. Surprisingly, Ms. Halima was completely pregnant naturally. A total of 10 doctors and 25 medical staff were mobilized to deliver these 9 babies for 20 minutes. Ms. Halima gave birth at 30 weeks of pregnancy.


Dr Yazid Mourad, who delivered Ms. Halima, said:

“We managed to prolong her life for another 5 weeks with appropriate treatments and care. At first, we thought there were seven. but no one expected, when we were in the operating room, we found up to 9 babies. Then some babies were intubated, some were given oxygen, all of them were stable. I can’t believe all nine babies survived.”

At the time of Ms. Halima’s birth, her husband Kader was still in his hometown of Mali waiting for news due to travel restrictions during the pandemic. Mr. Kader recalls:

“My wife’s sister called me right after the birth and then I knew there were 9 children, not 7. I was completely shocked. I couldn’t talk to her for 72 hours. after the birth because her health was too weak. I had a hard time because I could only see my wife and children via video call.”

Due to the number of children they have, Mr. Kader and Ms. Halima were unable to pinpoint which child was born first. The 9 babies including 5 boys and 4 girls are named Kadidia, Mohammed VI, Fatouma, Oumar, Hawa, Adama, Bah, Oumou and El Hadji.

During childbirth, Halima’s life was in danger because she lost too much blood. Calculating the total weight of 9 babies and amniotic fluid, Ms. Halima once carried a weight of up to 30 kg. Fortunately, doctors helped Ms. Halima overcome the “door of death” and return to her children.

The fact that all 9 babies survived also surprised the doctors. However, both Ms. Halima and her 9 children had to stay in the hospital for a long time to take care of their health.

The 9 babies were fed every 2 hours by the nurses, consuming a total of 6 liters of formula and 100 diapers a day.




Talking about the nine children still in the incubator, Ms. Halima said it has been almost 3 months since the record birth. Now, Ms. Halima is still recovering. She can only visit her children twice a day, for about 30 minutes each time to keep the connection and motherly love, because her health is not enough to keep up with the care regime of the children.

The 9 babies were fed every 2 hours by the nurses, consuming a total of 6 liters of formula and 100 diapers a day. Babies are also checked every 2 hours. So far, the medical costs to take care of 9 babies have reached 1 million pounds (nearly 32 billion VND) and are funded by the Mali government.

Ms. Halima shared:

“There is a lot of work to do, and I am still very weak. My pregnancy was very difficult and I need a lot of rest. Having one child is hard, but giving birth to nine children is not. The work involved in taking care of 9 children is immeasurable. I am very grateful to the hard working medical team and the Mali government for funding us.

Thankfully, I don’t have to wake up at night if my 9 kids start crying because the nurses take care of it, so I get more sleep. I’m so lucky to be alive and to have this support.”

Due to the travel restrictions of the epidemic, it was not until July 9, more than 2 months after his wife gave birth, that Mr. Kader was allowed to go to Morocco. After 10 days of isolation, Mr. Kader saw his 9 children for the first time on July 19.

Mr. Kader said:

“It was an unforgettable feeling. I am so grateful that my wife and children are both alive and recovering. When we were reunited, we were speechless, it was very difficult. to fully understand.

There are many things to consider in the future but for now, we are only focused on taking care of 9 children. We weren’t able to participate in the day-to-day care of the children, but it was a good opportunity for my wife to take a break. My big concern right now is not how many rooms the house needs, what the economic conditions are, but making sure my wife and children are okay.”

Doctors said that the health of all 9 babies has improved significantly. The heaviest baby is now more than 3 kg, while the lightest baby is only about 1.5 kg.



Dr. Yousef Aloui shared:

“The health of some babies has improved significantly and not all 9 babies need to be in intensive care. However, we still put 9 babies in cages. incubate them until they’re healthier. This is the most unbelievable case I’ve come across in my career. The biggest challenge was keeping nine babies alive and we thought we did.”

In an interview with Malian media, Ms. Halima and Mr. Kader shared the surprising information that they may still have more children. Kader said:

“Nobody knows what the future holds.”

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