Halima Cisse and Kader Arby have posted new images of their joyful parents, five months after giving birth to a world record nine infants at the Ain Borja clinic in Casablanca, Morocco.
The incredible delivery, which took place on May 5, shattered the previous world record, which was achieved by Nadya Suleman in 2009 when she gave birth to eight healthy kids.
Ms Cisse reports that the prematurely born kids are growing bigger and healthier and are almost ready to return to Mali after five months.
‘All of them are getting along extremely well, and are a delight to look after,’ the 26-year-old stated from a Moroccan hospital. They’re becoming better by the day, and it’s possible that they’ll be able to leave medical care soon.’
Hawa, Adama, Fatouma, Oumou, and Kadidia are the names of the five girls, while Mohammed, Bah, El Hadji, and Oumar are the names of the four males.
This is the first time all nine miraculous babies delivered to the same mother have been photographed together.
Ms Cisse’s nine children, all of whom were delivered naturally, weighed between 500gm and 1kg at birth and had to be kept in incubators in the clinic’s critical care unit for the first few months of their lives, where they were cared for round the clock by a team of physicians and nurses.
‘Giving birth to one child is hard enough but having nine is unimaginable,’ said Halima. ‘It’s astonishing the amount of work that is involved in looking after them. I’m grateful to the medical team that are doing all the hard work and the Government of Mali for funding this.’
Halima gave birth via Caesarean section with the help of her sister, Aisha, while her husband stayed at their house in Timbuktu, Mali, at first.
In Halima’s words, she said: ‘As the babies were coming out, there were so many questions going through my mind. I was very aware of what was going on and it seemed as if there was an endless stream of babies coming out of me.
She continued: ‘My sister was holding my hand but all I could think about was how would I look after them and who was going to help me?’
The cost of treatment has so far topped £1 million, with the Malian government footing the majority of the tab.