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Pictured all together for the first time, this is the world record-breaking NINE miracle babies born to the same mother – as the healthy brood prepare to go home.
Halima Cisse beams proudly with her nonuplets, five months after she made headlines around the globe when she gave birth at the Ain Borja clinic in Casablanca, Morocco, breaking the previous world record set by ‘Octomum’ Nadya Suleman in 2009, who gave birth to eight babies that survived.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Ms Cisse, 26, said: ‘All of them are getting on very well, and are a joy to look after. They are getting stronger every day and it may well be they are allowed to leave full time medical care soon, so that we can take them home.’
Ms Cisse’s nine tots, who were conceived naturally, each weighed between 500gm to 1kg when they were born and had to remain in incubators in the clinic’s intensive care unit where they were looked after round the clock by a team of doctors and nurses for the first few months of their lives.
But now all nine have gained weight and continued to thrive meaning they can soon go back to their home country, Mali.
Halima Cisse, 26, (left) is pictured for the first time with her husband Kader Arby, 35, (right) and their nine babies in Morocco
The baby girls left to right are: Adama, Oumou, Hawa, Kadidia, and Fatouma. The boys are Oumar, Elhadji, Bah, Mohammed VI
In the brood of nine babies, there were four boys, all pictured together here in camouflage babygrows at the hospital
Amongst the record breaking nonuplets, are five little girls that Ms Cisse has dressed in pink and grey and all blue babygrows
Proud parents Ms Cisse and Mr Arby were pictured wearing facemasks earlier in the babies development but were prevented from getting their pictures taking with all nine of their babies because they were still too weak and staying in incubators
As the babies approach six months, Ms Cisse and her partner Kader Arby, 35, celebrated by releasing these touching new photographs showing them together as a group.
The new pictures show the boys – Oumar, Elhadji, Bah and Mohammed VI – in green romper suits bearing the word ‘Brother’ on them.
The girls – Adama, Oumou, Hawa, Kadidia, and Fatouma – meanwhile wear a mixture of pink and baby blue outfits.
All the Arby tots are Malian nationals, and they were last week visited by Djaminatou Sangare, the country’s Health Minister, who worked out how they could be safely flown to Bamako, the Malian capital, which is some two-and-a-half thousand miles from Casablanca.
The exhausted parents say their babies are a ‘joy’ to look after
They were taken off incubators in early August since when the family have been living together in flat close to the hospital so the medical staff can continue to monitor them.
We revealed in July how Halima was getting through a staggering 100 nappies per day and six litres of milk – but that she was too tired to look after them and spent most of her days sleeping and watching television. But now her strength is returning too.
‘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 by Caesarean section, accompanied by her sister, Aisha, while her husband initially stayed behind at their home in Timbuktu, Mali.
Describing the birth, Halima 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 added: ‘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?’
Kader was originally unable to travel due to COVID travel restrictions, but finally arrived in Morocco on July 9, after spending ten days in quarantine.
The care bill so far is approaching the equivalent of £1million, and most it has been picked up by the Malian government.
She almost died from blood loss during the delivery, with doctors estimating that her belly alone weighed almost 30 kg, made up of the babies and amniotic fluid.
He said: ‘Being together as a family is the best thing in the world, and we give thanks to God all the time. The most important thing is that we are all safe and well, and in great hands.’
The couple married in 2017 and also have another daughter, Souda, two-and-a half who is being looked after by relatives.
After a tough start to life, all born prematurely in May and having to be kept under close observation, they have all put on weight and, their parents hope, all ready to soon be out of full-time medical care and able to meet their big sister in Mali
The babies were born in the following order: Kadidia, 2kg840, Mohammed VI, 3kg315, Fatouma, 3kg130, Oumar, 2kg400, Hawa, 1kg585, Adama, 2kg720, Bah, 2kg900, Oumou, 2kg795, and El Hadji, 1kg870
Kader is a sailor in the Malian Navy and admitted that looking after his family would be financially ‘challenging’.
They live in a modest three-bedroom house which he said they would now have to expand to accommodate their ten children.
‘There is plenty of us to worry about, but we are mainly full of positive thoughts,’ said Kader, ‘We are primarily focused on looking after our babies and getting them home. At the moment we have full time care, and that’s a blessing because my wife needs the rest.’
Kader and Halima also feel blessed as they have been receiving ‘tons of messages of support from well-wishers from around the world who post heart-warming comments online.’
The couple were originally told that Halima was carrying seven babies by doctors in Mali, who feared that there was a less than 50% chance that any of them would survive.
She spent two weeks in Point G Hospital in Bamako, Mali’s capital, before she was transferred to Morocco thanks to the intervention of Mali’s then President of Transition, Bah N’Daw.
This is why one of the boys is called Bah. Another is named Mohamed VI, in honour of the King of Morocco.
Kader, who is a devout Muslim, said: ‘My wife is an only child while I have eight brothers and sisters. There is nothing in our family history to explain how this happened other than Allah’s grace. These children are a gift from Him’.
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