The birth of Mali’s nonuplet babies to a mother, delivered at the same time, was such an extraordinary occurrence, some people thought it was a fraud. The fact that they celebrated their first birthday this week indicates that they are all in excellent health, and the family is looking forward to returning to Timbuktu as soon as possible.

On May 4, 2021, a Malian couple experienced a global first when they gave birth to nonuplets. These children went on to break the Guinness World Records title for the most children born at a single birth to survive.

Adama, Oumou, Hawa, Kadidia, and Fatouma were the five baby girls who were born prematurely, while Oumar, Elhadji, Bah, and Mohammed VI were the four baby males. All of the babies were delivered through Caesarean section.

The mother, Halima Cissé, had a pregnancy that was fraught with complications, and she gave birth to her twins at barely 30 weeks of gestation.

There was a chance that not all of them would make it through their time in the incubator, which lasted for some of them more than three months.

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