Malian government has revealed how a Malian woman on Tuesday gave birth to nonuplets in Morocco, although Moroccan authorities is yet to confirm what would be an extremely rare case.
The 25-year-old Halima Cisse, a woman from the north of the poor West African state, was flown to Morocco for better care on March 30. She was initially believed to have been carrying septuplets.
Moroccan health ministry spokesman Rachid Koudhari said he had no knowledge of such a multiple birth having taken place in one of the country’s hospitals.
Mali’s health ministry said in a statement that ultrasound examinations conducted in both Mali and Morocco had suggested that Cisse was carrying seven babies, but Cisse had given birth to five girls and four boys by Caesarean section.
The mother and babies are doing well so far,’ Mali’s Health Minister Fanta Siby told AFP, adding that she had been kept informed by the Malian doctor who accompanied Cisse to Morocco.
They are due to return home in several weeks’ time, she added.
Siby offered her congratulations to ‘the medical teams of Mali and Morocco, whose professionalism is at the origin of the happy outcome of this pregnancy.’
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