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Woman from Mali gives birth to 9 babies in Morocco

CORRECTION Morocco Mali Nonuplet Births
Posted at 5:42 AM, May 06, 2021

BAMAKO, Mali — Mali's Ministry of Health says a Malian woman has given birth to nine babies after only expecting seven.

It appeared to be the first time on record that a woman gave birth to nine surviving babies at once.

CORRECTION Morocco Mali Nonuplet Births
A Moroccan nurse takes care of one of the nine babies protected in an incubator at the maternity ward of the private clinic of Ain Borja in Casablanca, Morocco, Wednesday, May 5, 2021. A Malian woman gave birth to nine babies after n ' to have waited only seven, announced Wednesday the Ministry of Health of Mali. . Halima CissÈ, 25, gave birth by caesarean section Tuesday in Morocco after being sent there for special care, the ministry said. (AP Photo / Abdeljalil Bounhar)

The 25-year-old mother gave birth by cesarean section on Tuesday in Morocco.

Mali's health minister confirmed that the five girls, four boys and the mother are all doing well.

Associated Press reporters saw the babies in incubators in the neonatal ward, some wiggling their hands and feet.

The Guinness Book of World Records said in an email to The AP that its current record for most living births at once is eight, and that it is verifying the Morocco birth.

CORRECTION Morocco Mali Nonuplet Births
A man stands in front of the Ain Borja private clinic in Casablanca, Morocco, Wednesday, May 5, 2021. A Malian woman has given birth to nine babies after only expecting seven, Mali's Ministry of Health said Wednesday. The 25-year-old Halima Cisse gave birth to the babies via Caesarean section on Tuesday in Morocco after being sent there for special care, the ministry announced. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)